Living somewhere like Shetland, surrounded by nature, weather and generally being attuned to changing seasons and life cycles, I feel that religion can oversimplify and obstruct an appreciation of the true beauty and complexity of the universe. ‘God made it all’ seems like a bit of a cop out.
I consider myself to be an atheist - a liberal one, not a militant Richard Dawkins-esque shouty one. Each to their own and all that. In my eager youth I perhaps used to have a tendency to self-righteously quibble with religious folk and point out the factual baselessness of most spirituality. But now, I think life’s too short for that. Folk can believe what they want, as long as it doesn’t have a negative impact on others. Many folk I know take great comfort from religion, and for that reason in particular I leave them to their beliefs.