While much ink and air have been devoted to the “New Atheists,” a different group presents a far greater challenge. Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins care so much about religion that they have devoted much time and energy to debunk it. Their success in this endeavour is arguable, but their obsession with religion is undeniable. In fact, it seems that as much as they decry the close-mindedness of believers, they seem to have become as narrow in their thinking as they claim their targets to be.
Since the end of the eighteenth century, there have been many who challenged the truth and the efficacy of traditional religions. Most would be categorized as agnostics: those who are unsure if God exists. Given sufficient evidence, agnostics are willing to change from doubt to certainty. But until such evidence is presented, agnostics choose to suspend belief. Atheists, however, make a bolder claim. In contrast to theists who say they are sure God exists, atheists claim they are sure God does not exist. Yet the real challenge to theists comes from apatheists: those who do not care whether or not God exists.