For the most part, I’m pretty practical. Sure, since I dabble in some artistic enterprises, invent things, and start businesses, there is an outside the box, risk perverse side to me, too. But, I’ll stick to the first observation. Most folks would probably see me as practical first.
So, I wonder, what are the practical advantages to being an atheist? If I were to give up my faith today, what would I gain? What would I lose? Agnostics are often pretty similar to atheists, even to the point where some of the one, when pushed, turn out to be the other. So, to broaden the discussion, if I were not ready to adopt the POV that there is no God at all, and not even a remote possibility of there being one, but I just can’t come to a firm conclusion either way, what advantages and disadvantages would attach?
When offering this question on another occasion in another environment, one response was that being an unbeliever allowed for free thinking. One would no longer have their analysis of how the universe works clouded by theology. I wanted to diffuse that argument early. It is actually those who don’t believe in God or things spiritual who are limited in the scope of what they consider in reaching their conclusions. While believers may have a bias (as do nonbelievers), that bias in no way stops believers from considering the full range of possible approaches. In fact, it is the rare believer (at least Christian believer) who can even escape the secular arguments on every important issue. On the other hand, it is quite easy for the unbeliever to have almost no input on issues related to theology and its impact on personal philosophy or daily living.
Obviously, I can’t stop anyone from taking their best shot at free thinking as a benefit, but after that, what would be others?