Atheism yes, with some heathen antidotes. The length of this thread belies the fact we are a spiritual species despite ourselves. The problem statement of "what would life be like with atheism?" seems an unlikely premise, even as religion gives us many conflicts and complaints as witnessed above. Could we design an antivirus, better than atheism, for this human contradiction? I offer an often used older version of a belief system, polytheism, obviously more inclusive and less exclusive, with the improvement that it not be taken so seriously. Modern heathenists are sometimes concerned that their belief's are taken too lightly, almost as comic book characters, such as "Thor". The Vikings series on history channel has unearthed some popularity, granted temporary, but still relevant, for an antidote to the monotheists angst about the jealous gods and their wars. I don’t dare write their holy names. The healing element of this lighter approach is contrasted, in the Vikings series, with the severity of the new christian monotheistic cult, threatening an ancient human polytheistic practice of poetry, beauty, savagery and private emotional depth. What is the opportunity of Norse Heathenism, in this pre-Abrahamic approach of gods and goddesses, set in a contemporary world of the enlightenment's scientific mind? Could we satisfy our need for a spirit world, without damaging institutions of war: the old wars of the One Gods? Without a lighter story, atheism would likely leave an empty spot, begging the return of the old bad habits. Story alert: I was on a patio drinking with a french canadian couple recently in Kensington market. Turns out they had been in love for a long while. They didn't want to marry, due to the repressive catholic church they were indoctrinated into, and rebelled against. But still they wanted to celebrate their love with their friends and family. They wanted to proclaim their love to everyone in some gentle way, out of the way of the damning eyes of religious institutions. I proposed a Viking wedding, with myth and fairy tale. Everyone has read the "Lord Of the Rings" more than the bible today anyway. Tolkien's book has roots in the Icelandic Poetic Edda, a surviving heathen legacy. Some meadow ceremony, possibly with the man arriving on a boat, presided over by a beloved relative, not a "priest", was an idea they took to. Maybe there is a Viking wedding in the making.