The New Atheism is already a thing of the past, writes David B. Hart of First Things.In the new book 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists, Hart finds, much to his dismay, not a single one that presents a “logically compelling, deeply informed, morally profound, or conceptually arresting argument for not believing in God.”

In his essay titled “Believe It or Not,” published in the April 2010 issue of First Things (and excerpted at, Hart concludes that the “New Atheism” will “inevitably go the way of pet rocks, disco, prime-time soaps, and The Bridges of Madison County,” for it represents just another vapid emanation of cheap pop culture. Hart is alarmed at the “general vapidity of all public religious discourse these days, believing and unbelieving alike.”

Hart’s review reminds readers that one’s opinions and beliefs are strengthened by being subjected to solid opposition, and they become weak and flabby in “fragmentary, sloganeering, and emotive debates.”