In my recent research among Smith’s writings I’ve looked around for the word “atheist” (or “atheism”) and have found it elusive. He does write of the “secular”, the “humanist” and the “rationalist”; as well as (my own favourites) the “confused” and the “eclectic perplexed enquirers” (of the “New Age”?). So far, the only clear reference to atheism that I’ve found occurs in Smith’s Faith and Belief: The Difference Between Them. Indeed, he has there a whole chapter titled “The Buddhist Instance: Faith as Atheist?” from which I’ve taken the following excerpt (p22) available through “Look Inside!”:
I don’t (yet) have a copy of this book but I would like, one day, to read it in its entirety.