Modern Atheism is derived from moral causes. Mankind is sinful by nature and rebellious, and does not want God or anyone else telling them what to do or how to live. American society as a whole, as have other societies, has adopted relativism—there are no absolutes. This is “virtual” atheism.
William BeVier, “Atheism,” The Discerner Magazine, Vol. 25/No.1, Jan-Mar 2005.