The disbeliever | Salon Books
Check this out. Salon has a great article about the role of absolutist religious ideas in creating havoc and violence in our world. Excellent article. The author, Sam Harris of the book The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason is an atheist who feels that even moderate religious folks bear a responsibility for the indulgence and support that extremists get. He also takes a good look at the holy books and finds them pretty scary and not viable to pluralistic and civil society's survival.
Harris is completing his PhD in neuroscience, but keeps his location and university a secret, because of death threats he has received from Christians.