The ‘New Atheists’, or ‘New Old Atheists’ as I prefer to call them, have been at the forefront of a very public and polemical recovery in the West of arguments against religion. They comprise a loose group of quite different thinkers who have all of late attacked religion as a fiction that is detrimental for us all — in short, religion is bad for us and no haste in its banishment would be unseemly. Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens’ Letters to a Young Contrarian and God Is Not Great, Daniel Dennet’s Breaking the Spell and Sam Harris’ The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, as well as a run of lesser lights, have all presented variations on the same basic line. Having provided the diagnosis of our social ills, their prognosis is simple: dump religion as quickly as possible. As a result of their works, the small bands of what until now were frail, grey and dispirited secularist, humanist, atheist and whatnot societies have been given adrenalin injections and are organising conferences, political campaigns and actually welcoming new members under sixty.