Atheists and “nones”, those who do not identify with any religion, have not been studied nearly as much as religious people. I’m glad to see more interest in this from academic people.
While I haven’t read the book discussed in this link, some of what an author said is very familiar to a social scientist. It was easy to discern the ChristianPost interviewer wanted to hear certain things from the professor being interviewed.
He wanted to hear atheists are elitist, closed minded to Christianity, old, lacking in morals and economically well off. The leading questions were handled well.
One general principle of the social sciences is people are born into cultures. For the most part, they take on the views of their indigenous culture.
Most nonbelievers think the reason believers have their views is because of the culture they were born into. The same would be true of atheists, except it is unusual today in the U. S. one is born into such circumstances. Nonbelievers come to their conclusions some other way.
The link suggests what led many away from the faith. It was a reaction to evangelizing.
But, evangelizing is what Christians are taught to do. It’s an interesting irony the very thing the Bible says brings people to the faith is that which does the opposite.
I think Christians would be well served by studying the sociology of religion. They might learn much about the public, but about themselves as well.