Because of quotes like this:
Writing to a mutual friend of T. S. Eliot in 1928:
I have had a most shameful and distressing interview with dear Tom Eliot, who may be called dead to us all from this day forward. He has become an Anglo-Catholic believer in God and immortality, and goes to church. I was shocked. A corpse would seem to me more credible than he is. I mean, there’s something obscene in a living person sitting by the fire and believing in God.
Endquote. Anyone who takes such offense at believing in God and being a Christian understands the issues at stake. This is serious atheism. I love it. Of course, a convinced atheist will meet a believing Jew with the same disdain.
Either believing Jews and Christians are humanity’s best friend, or they are her worst enemies. Serious atheists have no choice but to think the latter. At least, I can’t find a gap in Woolf’s logic.
HT: Ron Dart