Embarrassed to be an atheist

In atheism, embarrassed to be an atheist refers, generally, to non-believers, who classify loosely as atheists, embarrassed to be associated with new atheism, in some way or another.

Atran
In Nov 5-6 2006, anthropologist Scott Atran, author of In Gods We Trust: the Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (2002), a speaker, along with with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, at the Salk Institute Beyond Belief conference, objected to new atheism; his main objection (Ѻ)(Ѻ) is as follows:

“I find it fascinating that among the brilliant scientists and philosophers at the [Salk Institute] conference, there was no convincing evidence presented that they knew how to deal with the basic irrationality of human life other than to insist against all reason and evidence that thing ought to be rational and evidence based. It makes me embarrassed to be a scientist and atheist. There is no historical evidence whatsoever that scientists have a keener or deeper appreciation than religious people of how to deal with personal or moral problems.”

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Ruse
In Jan 2007, Michael Ruse commented the following about Richard DawkinsThe God Delusion (2006)

“The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist.”

In 2009, Ruse, in his “Dawkins et al Bring us Into Disrepute” (Ѻ) blog, responded to the backlash from this now-popular apologetics quote, e.g. as cited by: Alister McGrath (2007), Ravi Zacharias (2008), Frank Turek (2014).

References
1. (a) Atran, Scott. (2006). “Comment” (Ѻ)(Ѻ), Beyond Belief conference, Nov 5-6.
(b) Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival
(c) Zacharias, Ravi. (2008). The End of Reason: a Response to the New Atheists (§: Atheists Divided on the This New Atheism, pg. 23). Zondervan
2. (a) Ruse, Michael. (c.2007). Source, Jan
(b) McGrath, Alister. (2007). “The Dawkins Delusion” (Ѻ), AlterNet.org, Jan 25.
(c) McGrath, Alister and McGrath, Joanna. (2007). The Dawkins Delusion: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine (front matter). InterVarsity.
(d) Zacharias, Ravi. (2008). The End of Reason: a Response to the New Atheists (§: Atheists Divided on the This New Atheism, pg. 23). Zondervan.

External links
Aren’t Atheists Embarrassed by P.Z. Myers? (2011) – TheThinkingAtheist.com.
Embarrassed to be an Atheist? (2014) – Quora.

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