So they worshiped the Lord but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away. To this day they continue to practice their former customs (2 Kings 17:33-34).
Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are among the “New Atheists.” They are new because they have been bolder and more aggressive against religion in general and Christianity in particular. One of the laments of Dawkins and Harris is that they are disappointed that with all the advancement and progress the Western world has made, they struggle to believe the power that religion holds among advanced people. They assume that religious beliefs are primitive; for a bygone era when humanity believed in evil spirits and that mental illness was a sign of demon possession. They reason that since we are no longer so ignorant, religion should have been largely cast aside by now in favor of a more enlightened world view—one without God.