It’s beginning to look like the New Atheism movement is fading. Consider some basic facts:
In August 2013, PZ Myers published his book on atheism. While Myers was the internet’s most famous atheist, and he often bragged of having millions of followers, his book was a flop and currently ranks at about 130,000 on Amazon.com.
In September 2013, Richard Dawkins published his book on himself. Even though Dawkins is the most famous of all atheists, and he (and the New Atheist community) engaged in rather extensive book promotion efforts, he only managed a brief #9 listing on the NYT best-selling list in October 2013 and it has dropped off that list ever since. Currently, his book ranks at only about 20,000 on Amazon.com.
In November of 2014, Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss starred in an atheist documentary that had cameos from famous people like Woody Allen. The documentary, as far as I can tell, was clearly a flop, appearing in only one theater for two weeks, grossing a mere $14,000.
The only apparent exception to this trend is Peter Boghossian’s book, which was published in Nov, 2013. It currently has a respectable amazon ranking of about 4000. However, any self-proclaimed manual for creating atheists is clearly preaching to the choir and no one would deny there are a significant number of Gnu atheists willing to buy up the latest atheist book. But apart from the buzz in the atheist blogosphere, Boghossian hasn’t gained much traction. In fact, it’s almost March and we have only seen one “street epistemologist” show up to cure us. 😉
So we must begin to wonder – is New Atheism past its peak?