If you're an atheist who wants to be able to argue intelligently about your unbelief, then it's important to study the arguments the other side is making.
A fairly recent book by Christian apologist, James Spiegel
, called The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief,
makes several assertions about the nature of atheism and what the truth behind unbelief actually is. In his book, Spiegel claims that broken paternal relationships, and the desire to be immoral rather than obedient to God, are among the root causes for atheism. For atheists, logic, reason, and lack of evidence of a god are just smokescreens put up to hide what's really driving their atheism. In his opinion, it's the atheists who are deluded and irrational.
I haven't had a chance to read the book, but I plan to, soon. While doing some research about Spiegel, I ran across a thorough chapter-by-chapter refutation of this work over at Arizona Atheist
Unlike many reviews that only touch on a few key points, Ken digs deep into Spiegel's book and counters his points with studies, facts, and well-reasoned arguments. It's a lengthy piece, but one that's well worth your time if you've read the book or if you're planning on reading it in the future.
While it's impossible for me to say that Ken totally crushed all of Spiegel's arguments (having not yet read the book) I can say that Ken did his homework with his refutation citing multiple sources, and refrained from any ad hominem attacks, which is what we should all be doing when entering the realm of debate.
You can read his refutation here