Just so it’s said, I do not affiliate myself with any known (or unknown?) organized religion. However, I will not be jumping that fast train to Atheism anytime soon, despite the fact that many of my favorite writers and comedians have. The idea appeals to me, especially because of my disdain for organized religions, but I just think making this leap would take a lot of joy out of my life.
Are you allowed to believe in magic as an atheist? It would seem that you would not. And a life without magic–why get up in the morning?
Further, if you can’t believe in magic, and everything must have a rational explanation, then you can’t appreciate beauty or joy either, since these are purely chemical reactions in the tripheesial membrane or something.
And if none of these things work why get upset, or enraged? No matter how humankind behaves or what “sins” it commits against the planet and every creature upon it, the atheist can still go to bed on time at night, without having to get up early any morning, because rage and anger are merely unproductive and inefficient states of being.
Etc., etc., usw..
Maybe I’m making a leap here I’m not allowed to make; I have not read the Atheist General By-laws (AGB) in, like, ever. But it seems to me atheists are ahteists because of a lack of proof in religious ideas and a faith (!) in science. My “leap” does not seem so death-defying under these terms.