My wife, who in some ways has become even more fervently churchless than I am, was the one who recommended David Silverman's book to me.
"Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World" takes no prisoners.
After reading the first few chapters, I can tell that Silverman makes other anti-religion writers like Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens look like comparative pussies.
In the book's introduction, he says:
But religion is not just incorrect, it is malevolent.
It ruins lives, splits families, and justifies hatred and bigotry, all while claiming to be the source of morality. People die and suffer needlessly because of religion; such a waste.
...Some (too many?) people call me a dick because I challenge the absurd notion that religion deserves respect by default. But religion is wrong for demanding respect simply for being, and even more wrong for demanding never to be questioned.
Indeed, it is my duty as an American, as an atheist, and as a nice person to do what I can to take religion down -- not by force, not by law, but by truth.
And the truth is quite simple: all religions are lies, and all believers are victims.
Silverman takes it from there in the rest of the book, building argument after argument in favor of his atheism good, religion bad thesis.
He's bold and persuasive. Here's his take on the perfection of atheism, which I heartily agree with.
Atheism is perfect. Yes, I know every religion says the same thing about itself, but religions are wrong. (Yes, I know they all say that about atheism too.)
What I mean by this is that atheism is so simple that it cannot have any flaws. It is simply a lack of a belief in gods, so unless there is a reason to believe in gods, it is a logically perfect position.
Once a single piece of scientifically valid evidence for the existence of any deity is unearthed, this will change, and atheism, being the single condition of the absence of a belief in a god, will have a flaw, but as this has never happened, I'm not nervous.
...In the history of mankind, atheism has never had a single moment of failure. Never, not even once, has atheism been proven wrong, and once is all we'd need to drop it completely.
If atheism had been proven wrong, if one god had been verified, if one supernatural event had been measured, if one ocean had really parted. or if one person ever really rose from the grave, I would quit my job because I'd be wrong.
[Silverman is the American Atheists president.]
...Prove me wrong, even once, and I'll convert.