Every month I make sure to take a look at the atheist section in my local bookstore. About a year ago it filled just one shelf; before the holidays, it had spread onto three; today it is covering four. Half a shelf of the paperback edition of The God Delusion was flanked by four or five copies of several other recent and popular books, and the remaining shelves were filled with single copies of a large number older books. Although I purchase a lot of books online, I like to buy books on atheism, science, and skepticism from my local store in the hopes that they’ll be encouraged to stock more books on these topics. Here’s what I picked up today:
The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by AndrÃ© Comte-Sponville
I hadn’t heard of this book before, but the subject matter is of interest to me. As someone recently said of Richard Dawkins (sadly I can’t recall where I read this), I am an atheist but very religious because I probably think about God more than the Pope does. I’ve noticed that there are two kinds of people: those who are interested in spirituality and those who are not. I am in the former group, even though I no longer think of spirituality and the supernatural as being tied together. As Christopher Hitchens, one of the four horsemen recently said, “If we could find a way of enforcing the difference between the numinous and the superstitious, we would be doing something culturally important.” This book makes a contribution toward that goal.