There are some atheists who basically broke off from religion because of the flim-flam, child abuse and absurdities that abound in organized religions.
There are others who are intellectual atheists, who disbelieve because there is no good reason to believe in God in a traditional sense with or without being encapsulated in an organized system like Islam or Christianity.
The first type I mentioned might become what you might call "spiritual without being religious" while the second type will be unaffected.
Atheists are usually defined in two classes philosophically.
Implicit or passive : No belief in God. God's existence is improbable and no good reason to believe.
Explicit or active: No belief in God because God not only does not exist but God's existence is logically impossible.
Agnostics, if you want to be technical, are a implicit or passive type of atheist. Although the term non-theist covers those who lack a belief in God or possess any religious type beliefs.
Then there people like me, more a heathen.
I don't say God does not exist.
Nor do I say that God's existence is impossible depending on the definition.
Some human like figure sitting on a throne in the clouds somewhere in heaven chucking sinners into hell and giving the righteous or the "saved" a free pass to Heaven is a type of God, both repugnant and ridiculous.
However, a pantheistic notion that God essentially is Nature or the Mind or Logic that is quite evident in Natural phenomenon. Once God is stripped of supernaturalism and superstition, the pantheistic type of God is all that is logically tenable. It is essentially the underlying core of Native American spirituality and Vedanta or Upanishadic Hinduism.
This is the God of Spinoza.
In the film V for Vendetta, V says "God is in the rain".
Nice pantheistic notion here.
But I could define God as Swiss Cheese and therefore everybody would believe in God. And everybody would believe in the Pantheistic God since everybody believes in Nature, only most scientists see no reason to deify Nature.
But what is deification? It is the organized practice of stupid ritual worship.
One might see the God or the Tao in Nature but feel no desire or need to grovel esp. since there is no "Fear Factor" in Nature as God, nor does one pray, or expect miracles.
The Pantheistic God is useless from a clerical point of view. Useless to use as a tool to keep the masses sated and under control.
The Pantheistic God is too Democratic for most people who prefer the Monarch or Dictator type of God.
Yet mystical Judaism and Theravada Buddhism are essentially systems that reject the traditional type of God and move towards a pantheistic type.
When the Divine Spark is in you, in me, in everthing animate or inanimate, vegetable, animal and mineral, the Sun, Moon and stars, then there is no reason to be dogmatic or oppress anybody.
But oppression is in vogue right now and religion is and always has been the oldest con-game of all time. Certain enterprising fellows pretend to have contact with God or the gods and give some "revelation" with rules and rituals and laws and if influential or convincing enough like Muhammed or Joseph Smith you create yet another retarded religion to enslave the masses.....but they are not slaves of God but the fellow who passed off his own ideas as God's.
I see Nature as Source.
Nature made me [ultimate cause] and my parents are the proximate cause.
When I die. I return to Nature, the Source whence I came.
What then? I'm totally agnostic about that.
Don't worry about it. I, a part of the continuum die, but Nature lives on and is Eternal.
Contrary to the Big Bang theory--which gives Nature and Time itself a beginning--- which I and other persons in the scientific community are ripping to shreds--Nature always is, was and will be.
There never will be a time when Nature [raw energy and the Tao, the Mind, the logic in the system, the Logos] is not.
Besides, our particular Universe is nothing but an infinitessimally TINY fragment of a much larger continuum a multiverse or even a pan(i)verse infinite in extent made up of multiverses.
The expansion of a Universe or a contractile phase is like breathing. The Hindus call it the "heartbeat of Brahman". Rather poetic, but it makes a good point.
People say you never see God. Walk out your door and look at the sky, the trees, the fields of corn, the children playing on a playground, the birds flying overhead. What is that if NOT God?
Don't miss the forest for the trees, miss the BIG picture by focusing on details something the scientists are really good at.
Then there were fellows like Lao Tzu who cared nothing for minutiae, trivia or unimportant details and was concerned with the Schema, the Big Picture, Totality and Totality is a Unity only that and nothing more.
Matter itself is a logical fiction, an appearance only. What is really out there is nothing but energy pulsing and flowing. An atom is essentially energy in a fixed state as opposed to a free state or chaotic state.
Few realize that when you slap your hand on a table, you never touched the table at all. It is impossible to touch it, mostly because it is nothing but locked or "frozen" energy.
The negative charge in the electrons at the surface repel the negative charge of the electrons in your hand, but nowhere did you actually touch it.
So what did you touch? Nothing. Nothing at all.
So what did you feel? Pressure sensors in your hand sent a single to your brain saying basically "Met an opposing force".
What do you weigh? Really now, tell the truth.
Zero. You don't weigh Anything at all and never have.
The fattest human on Earth weighs exactly the same as the human skeletons in freak shows.
The Physical Universes of which ours is just one of many, is in fact, nothing more, nothing less than a really kick *** virtual reality. So perfect that it fool's us into thinking it's real, when it is no more real than a dream!
Quantum Mechanics is slowly proving ideas that were anticipated by Lao Tzu or the Buddha over 2000 years ago.