I think a lot of atheists and theologians are talking about different subjects, and don’t always realize it. This article is an example. You reject specific stories, yet don’t talk about the bigger issues that theology is primarily about.
Do you think there is anything beyond the universe? Beyond the concepts of spacetime, physics, and even “infinity,” as we currently understand them? Do right and wrong exist? And, if so, can they be understood, communicated, and applied universally?
Apparently you don’t think there is. Isn’t that what Atheism means? You are saying, with confidence, that there is no Creator. You are stating matter-of-factly that you are not a part of a Matrix-like experiment, and you are absolutely certain we are not living in some galactic super-alien child’s version of an ant farm. You are saying life and death are only different forms of energy. Love is solely electricity and various chemicals in the brain.
How miserable it must be. I am sorry. Do you grow weary trying to deconstruct every story into the laws of thermodynamics? Does the fatalism of being purely a product of cause-and-effect put in place long before you were born cause you to pause? Do you ever realize that even those pauses were predetermined and you, as a person, have as much control and influence over the processes happening inside you right now as a child does when choosing their parents?
I do not believe that the you, who you are, is fundamentally science. I love science, but I recognize that it has a specific area of use: empirical studies. It does not illuminate the human condition, nor communicate who we really are. For that we need religion and art. We shouldn’t much mix science and religion, as they each address different questions about life. For now I’ll continue to believe we don’t live in a closed box model, and that there is infinitely more to you than what meets the eye.