Atheists come in all flavors. My favorite Protestant atheist - living, not yet in Dante’s First Circle - is Christopher Hitchens. The greatest Protestant atheist of all time is Nietzsche; people will be reading him long after Hitch is forgotten. To be sure, the best and brightest atheists are, as a rule, Jewish. It comes, I suppose, with being part of the Chosen People. I’m thinking of Freud, Marx, and an almost endless parade of lesser luminaries, from Ayn Rand to Steven Pinker. Catholic atheists are also excellent: Kolakowski and Eagleton come to mind. Do Eastern Orthodox make good atheists? Not that I know of. Stalin of course does not qualify.
Hitch has written a delightful piece in praise of the King James Version of the Bible for Vanity Fair (HT: Justin Knapp). A few remarks.