9/11 and the New Atheism

Interesting video (via Latte Labour) of Terry Eagleton talking about Christopher Hitchens and the political dimension to the “New Atheism”, which Eagleton links to 9/11:

That fits with my own private theory about the rise of the New Atheism: that 9/11 led (obviously) to a concern about radical Islamism, which was then conflated with Islam, which in turn (partly, one suspects, out of a desire to avoid the charge of “Islamophobia”) led to a more general critique of “religion”, which in practice (given the cultural and religious backgrounds of the likes of Dawkins and Hitchens) led to books whose main concern was to attack specifically Christian conceptions of God.

I know there’s more to it than that, but that seems to be one of the dynamics involved.