The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more." ―Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist
"The issue of thanksgiving [being grateful] is really central to the whole debate about the existence of God. On the one hand, if there is no God, there is no need to thank anyone. We are here as a result of a long chain of impersonal processes, grinding their way down to our brief moment in time. If there is a God, then every breath, every moment, every sight and sound, is sheer, unadulterated gift." -Douglas Wilson, Is Christianity Good for the World?