I wrote the first draft of The Faith of an Atheist in 2001 and substantially revised it in 2012. It is available for $0.99 here for any device with the free Kindle software. It is not intended to try to convert believers. It is the result of my search for meaning in a universe without god.
Can one be an atheist and have faith? I am not speaking of faith in the sense that we all hope and believe the war of the moment will come to an end, or that one’s loved ones will make it through whatever crisis they may be experiencing, but faith of the sort that is usually ascribed to religious people. That is a faith that our lives and actions matter above and beyond their immediate impact on our fellow inhabitants of the planet. Can an atheist believe in a higher purpose (if not necessarily a grand design)? The ideas explored in answering this question are not new, but their application to answering the questions of the value of our existence in my own life helped me through a crisis of despair after the death of my father. Christians, I am told, take comfort from stories in the Bible. Atheists don’t get much from these stories (which generally strike me more like horror stories anyway, what with all the smiting, sacrificing, incest, and saltification). Where might an atheist turn for comfort about the meaning of life? Well, in this story, I take comfort from Star Trek (original series of course) and the youth and expanse of the universe. Maybe it will work for you too.