There is a great article over at Real Clear Politics on the rise of atheist authors and why they have gotten such “great gains” in the publishing world as of late (thanks for the heads-up on this one, Steve).
The author points out three reason for this (you can read it yourself for the points) to which I would add a third: The rise of materialism.
Materialism (which I would define as the love of money) and atheism are highly compatible. If there is no “outside source” of moral accountability then one has no reason for the pursuit of moral values. One is also free to construct a moral system that fits one’s lifestyle.Â As we are more and more materialistic in the West we will need to deconstruct Christianity’s condemnation of materialism in order to feel good about ourselves.Â Hence, atheism becomes an attractive alternative.