Dawkins was great for me because he explained evolution in a way I could understand. I found The Blind Watchtmaker utterly convincing. Then I read The Selfish Gene and other books too. Also good. But The God Delusion was a poor book. Dawkins has contempt for philosophy and it shows. It's okay to disagree but he clearly doesn't understand what he's disagreeing with. On top of that, I've since found out that some of what Dawkins pushes as evolutionary orthodoxy are his own eccentricities. Centrally the idea that gene selection is the be all and end all of evolutionary change. More and more it seems Lamarck was not completely wrong, group selection does play a role in evolution and so on. So even in his own narrow specialism there are problems with Dawkins. Even the "meme" concept he came up with is problematic. At best it is simply an unnecessary substitute for "concept" and at worst it attempts to hide social construction by subsuming it within a quasi-scientific framework.
Pinker also argues that science and materialism can explain everything in books like The Blank Slate that allows virtually no place for social construction and blames all our characteristics on our genetic makeup. Pinker has an easy to read style and much of what he says is common sense. So you don't notice the nonsense he sneaks in along the way. Better Angels of Our Nature seems to argue that because humans have got less violent therefore humans get less violent as time goes on. That's a fatal leap in the dark. Fact is humanity could easily destroy itself entirely tomorrow. What happens to all his charts and pictures and graphs proving that humans become less violent then?
Sam Harris's idea of ethics is we should nuke Muslims and feel good about it. Then when you criticise him he is offended because you misunderstand what he's saying. He says religion is bad but Buddhism's alright. We don't have free will even though he doesn't seem to understand the arguments involved. Ben Carson understands foreign policy better than Chomsky. Materialism leads to such right wing nuttery. Atheists and Christians aligned to bomb the barbarians. Oh Lordy.
You say shame Pinker's book was too long for me. I say shame you dismiss poststructuralism and theory without reading ANY of it. Why not try the short book on Derrida linked above? It's transformative.
By the way I am intrigued more by panpsychism than pantheism as such. I think.