Ross Bagley Posted over 2 years ago Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0 Ritual must be significant and not vapid or else it is worthless. But there is no reason why we can't construct significant rituals without an appeal to the supernatural. We can find ways to mark and celebrate growth into adulthood, the change of the seasons, birth, death, achievement, marriage, etc. all without the supernatural. All of those events are significant, all can be acknowledged, and none of those celebrations need to be vapid without the supernatural. Like you and like Alain, I'm hugely in favor of meaningful rituals to help us add significance to events in our lives, to provide emotionally significant markers around which we can declare a moment to mean something more than just another tick of the second hand on a clock. I also agree with you that many attempts to create atheist rituals fail, sometimes because they mimic theistic rituals, or because the potential participants don't understand the significance of the event (anticipation is a huge part of passing a threshold). But these challenges don't mean that atheistic rituals are inherently worthless. Just that the challenge is larger.