A Reflection on New Atheism

The Fall of a Man

When I was a boy, I always had a mathematical mind. From as early as I can remember I found the great mysteries of the universe utterly fascinating, learning the names of the planets of the solar system at two years old, and taking an interest in chemistry before I even took pre-algebra. Over the years, I built my identity around these hobbies, often gaining a reputation as the go-to kid for homework help (or a quick sideways glance during a quiz). This reputation quickly blew up my ego. The more I was asked for help in math or science classes, the more my identity as the self-proclaimed “smart kid” festered. I cruised through honors classes and drew the ire of many a teacher who knew I had great potential but squandered it by blowing off homework to play video games.…