Why Are Americans Still Uncomfortable with Atheism?

For The New Yorker, Casey Cep writes about the intolerance against atheists throughout American history. The idea that atheism is un-American became more prominent during the Cold War. Cep writes, “It wasn’t politics or economics, some said, that distinguished America from its enemies – it was religiosity.” Two new books, Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life and Seven Types of Atheism aim to explore atheism in American history and today. Philosopher John Gray, the author of Seven Types of Atheism, writes, “A godless world is as mysterious as one suffused with divinity, and the difference between the two may be less than you think.”

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