‘Whatever you think of the New Atheists, (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett) they are not a fraction as scathingly insightful or profound in their takedown of theistic religions as Nietzsche.
I’ll admit, I don’t think the average atheist or any of the famous atheist writers holds a candle to Nietzsche in terms of profundity, so far as I have seen. And I don’t think that much atheist movement discourse has yet risen to the constructive rigor that deals in depth with the kinds of problems he raises. New atheism is not, at least yet, a serious intellectual movement.’
‘Nietzsche is one of the most widely read atheists today.’
John Gray, Seven Types of Atheism.
‘Upon this theological instinct I make war: I find the tracks of it everywhere. Whoever has theological blood in his veins is shifty and dishonorable in all things.’
‘Christianity is the greatest curse upon humanity.’
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ
‘To be human is to participate in the ethical project. The ethical project is about expanding the circle of altruism, it’s about demonstrating more and more altruism to more and more people.’
‘Jesus Christ is the greatest example of altruism that we have in human history.’
Philip Kitcher, The Ethical Project