Let It Be
, by Jonathan Rauch
(excerpt - emphasis mine)
I BELIEVE that the rise of apatheism is to be celebrated as nothing less than a major civilizational advance. Religion, as the events of September 11 and after have so brutally underscored, remains the most divisive and volatile of social forces. To be in the grip of religious zeal is the natural state of human beings, or at least of a great many human beings; that is how much of the species seems to be wired. Apatheism, therefore, should not be assumed to represent a lazy recumbency, like my collapse into a soft chair after a long day. Just the opposite: it is the product of a determined cultural effort to discipline the religious mindset, and often of an equally determined personal effort to master the spiritual passions. It is not a lapse. It is an achievement.
It's interesting to note that Rauch thinks most apatheists are actually believers.
Come to think of it, I'm born in an apatheist family. My parents are apatheistic cultural Roman Catholic Christians, and my brother and sisters are apatheist agnostics (or atheists). I think. Since we never discuss religion (except for religious jokes), the only trait I'm confident I got right is the apatheism.