Bringing the Text to Life
Atheists are all the rage these days. Most of us have seen them displayed at Barnes and Noble, caught a morning-show interview with them or heard them referenced at Starbucks between friends grateful to have discovered champions for their skepticism.
• Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion has sold 8.5 million copies, spending a year on the New York Times Best Seller List.
• Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great became a number-one New York Times Best Seller.
• Bill Maher’s film Religulous was the highest-grossing documentary of 2008.
New Atheism is hot right now … and lucrative. It also has encouraged a common-ground ecumenical response. Muslims, Christians and Jews are standing together.
In the litany of interfaith responses, Rabbi David Wolpe’s stands out. He’s known as a beloved but controversial leader in the Jewish community. Named Newsweek’s “#1 Pulpit Rabbi in America,” he’s spiced up his temple by holding Friday night “rock ’n’ roll” services, inviting Will and Grace producer David...