Stephen Batchelor, author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, introduces Buddhism to the modern atheism vs. theism debate. Batchelor notes that the Buddha's teachings did not dictate a belief in God, arguing that "what Buddhism offers is, I think, an atheism in a value-neutral sense... Namely, as the word literally means, not-theism."
Stephen Batchelor talks about Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.
According to Batchelor, the outlook of the Buddha was far removed from the religiosity that has come to define much of Buddhism as we know it today. He argues that the Buddha was a man more focused on life in this world than the afterlife. - Book Passage
Stephen Batchelor is an author and Buddhist scholar whose works include Living with the Devil, Meditation for Life, and Buddhism without Beliefs.