No matter where you demarcate in regards to faith, this ‘user generated’ (Read: non-professional opinion) essay on atheism is worth reading:
For me, personally, atheism was a gateway ideology that lead to a far more dangerous state of mind. I am now a full-blown moral Nihilist—yet I’m still not rampaging, murdering, or raping. So what went wrong?
The theists and moralists case for their outmoded ideologies of right and wrong are looking evermore tenuous as I, along with countless other free thinkers, descend deeper and deeper down the pit of moral abjection. I now want to purge the words ‘morality,’ ‘good,’ and ‘bad’ from my vocabulary.
To be almost completely freed from the need to classify the world, people, and actions in one of two terms, namely ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ is something I am still coming to terms with, but I love how empowering it is so far. Where I once saw a world of black and white (wrong and right | evil and good), I now see a world of colour—millions and millions of colours!
Becoming a moral Nihilist has had a far more profound effect on my thinking than being an Atheist ever did. I consider Atheism now nothing more than the intellectual equivalent of teenage rebellion, after which-for some at least—true intellectual maturity follows. Moral Nihilism is the real growing up part, which is why so many people shun this final leap into the chasm of purposeless nothingness that the reasoning mind must make if it indeed wishes to be fully acquainted with reality and its place in it.
But I have not become some insensate machine incapable of feeling emotion or valuing it; I simply don’t let emotion overrule my rational faculties as much as before. I can still cry reading poems and the tragedies of history; I can still feel inspired, uplifted, and reborn when listening to music; I can still love people deeply or just find joy in the moment. I’ve given up nothing by becoming a moral Nihilist. I’ve just given up the need to be good or bad or classify others as such.
There is so much much more - so be a trooper(please :) and give the guy a hit and read the rest : Atheism, a Mere ‘Gateway Ideology’ to Worse Convictions?