I don’t really understand these sorts of sentiments. And while I mean no disrespect to the author, they are just silly.
First, it is not going to convince any genuinely religious person of atheism, but more likely to create a knee-jerk reaction and further entrench them in their belief; especially if they really have nothing more than faith and know no philosophical arguments for religion.
If someone is really doubting their religious sentiments, this sort of post could reach them. But it doesn’t do so by anything that is best at atheism; no attempt at reason is made here. Rather, this will do little more than shame a person into belief. It does not engage, it makes fun of. And while that may work, is it really so different than a Christian trying to pound belief into your head by propounding on all your “sins”?
And finally, no one I know says a sunset is beautiful because some deity made it. But just as my (limited) understanding of science and how the colors of the Sun, the sky at noon, and the sky at dawn and dusk are all so different, they are all the result of the same natural phenomenon where lightwaves are bounced around when they hit atoms in the upper atmosphere greatly increase my enjoyment of the Sunset, so to does my even more limited understanding of God. All humans have the same basic need to understand, science gives me the how, religion gives me the why. I may be wrong; I am very often mistaken. But when I think of a sunset, I am happy. And I do not always know why. But I think, that perhaps it is something like in the Little Prince, where the Little Prince makes the fox happy even in his absence because now to the fox the golden fields of grain ever remind him of the Little Prince, whom the fox loves. Or when the Prince leaves the author with the memory of his laughter, so that forevermore the stars will laugh for the author because he knows that on some distant planet, on some lucky star, the Little Prince is laughing. This is obviously a thoroughly silly sentiment. But so is that feeling we have when we see a sunset. There is no reason it should make us happy, whether it is a glitch of evolution or a memory of divinity. But it does, and religion adds to my understanding of a sunset just as science does.
But I don’t think this post is meant to really address any of those things. I think it is meant for those who are already atheists. It is a cheap chance to snicker at those naive and stupid religious people. They haven’t seen the great, liberating light of atheism and science! And in this you only prove one thing, that while you may have concluded differently than those myriad cheap religious, you think the same. The same banal platitudes, the same jeering attitude.
And that is a shame; because even though I so often disagree with atheism’s claims, there is much to be admired in their method. Atheism strives to be fundamentally logical and scientific, unbiased and level-headed. And while I think you may arrive at the wrong conclusion, I love that emphasis. Atheism has much to contribute. This isn’t contributing.