My great-grandmother once said to me, “I wish you’d find God.” She thought a non-religious life lacked joy and profundity. I wish I’d had Carl Sagan's THE DEMON-HAUNTED WORLD back then. “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual.” My life is full of spiritual experiences: watching a science documentary, touring the Evolution exhibit at the Field Museum, learning math... I stand in full awe and appreciation of the accomplishments of humanity in understanding and describing our universe. Every day brings new revelations.
This is the book that changed me from half-believer to whole skeptic. I remember the very moment, the click in my brain, the “epiphany” as I read his words as a twenty-something. The only thing that’s been lacking in my life since then is the vague fear of eternal retiribution for my mistakes. I am more complete as an atheist than I ever was as an “undecided". Transcendence does not require the catalyst of a god.