uh, i guess i should admit that i'm not an atheist. i don't believe in a single god, however, and i'm not a moralist or a dualist.
i am a vedantic hindu.
this is an older form of the pagan religion today known as hinduism.
the original people who put together hindu assembled a great civilization that is the root of our language and philosophy and religion, at least until christianity became popular.
in my religion, there are eternal values. they exist in all times, and they never change. they are what is closest to the ways of honoring and improving upon nature, and their existence is natural for any thinking being, no matter what planet it is on. these values are irrefutable, but often are not observable because it may take over 10,000 years to see why things are as they are. thus philosophy and a reading of history is our only guide to understanding them.
in my religion, there are no prohibitions, only goals.
one of the major goals is to appreciate nature and to nurture its order on this earth.
this means both emulating and improving upon, but without supplanting that which is working and natural with lots of concrete.
really, for me, religion comes down to a few simple concepts:
it might make more sense to refer to myself as an emersonian hindu, or vedantic idealist, for this reason.
all the world's a computer, and we're but electrons