David Brooks vs. the "new atheists"

With all respect to David Brooks, this is nonsense. The new atheists are arguing not against the view that morality is innate, but that it is the product of formal religious teaching. It is the theistic and theocon worldview that is challenged by what Brooks calls the “evolutionary approach to morality,” not the skeptical one. It is the theocons who assert that unless society and individuals are immersed in purported Holy Books, anarchy and depredation will rule the world…

Brooks is on a mission to unite neuroscience and evolutionary psychology with staunch support of religion as a precondition to decent society. I’m not confident that this balancing act will hold, but we’ll have to wait and see.