Over at Effect Measure, Revere takes a few shots at Matt Nisbet:
It’s not just that the Dawkins/Hitchens “PR campaign provides emotional sustenance and talking points for many atheists,” although it does that too. It’s that the various writings of Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens, PZ and now a number of others has opened up a space — and a wide space, not a narrow one — to talk about belief and non-belief in ways not possible before. Even Matt’s post is an example. I’m glad we are talking about the best way to talk about harmful delusions — and make no mistake, that’s exactly what we are talking about. It’s not that religious ideas are just delusions. Delusions are plentiful, even in science. It’s that by and large religious delusions are harmful delusions. The idea you can separate the fat from the muscle (the Good from the Bad in religion) runs up against the brute fact religious meat is marbled meat and the fat is a major risk factor for a lethal disease of the heart.
I think that sums it up well. My own take on Nisbet is available here.