This was a response to someone's post, but being new to the site, I thought I'd post it here to see if there is anyone who's like-minded.
I don't see Atheism as a step toward enlightenment. I've long viewed atheism in the same light as any absolutist religious belief system with atheism, itself, just being another absolute position and sitting in precisely the same place as any religious faith. I'd bore you to death with a full explanation of my thoughts, but I'll sum it up with...I almost became an astrophysicist. Almost. I do know, though, from what understanding of the universe I have that there's very little that mankind knows about the universe. I know from mathematics there while it's easy to prove that something exists (just show an example) it's significantly harder to prove that it's impossible for something to exist. Between those things and my time walking this Earth, I know that people use words like "God" and have little or no understanding of what they may truly talking about.
In fact, if I walked past a god, I doubt I'd even realize it. Some questions are simply beyond our ability to answer, and we won't know for sure what we are even trying to mean when we say the word "god" until we fully understand the universe. And if that point ever comes, I have to believe that such a monumental achievement will mean that we, ourselves, will not be unlike gods at that point.
I simply accept that some questions are unanswerable and simply seek out what knowledge I can.
And that, I believe, is the first step toward enlightenment.