“Is something sacred? Yes, say I with Nietzsche. I could not pray to it, but I can stand in affirmation of its magnificence. The world is sacred. Does that make me an atheist? Certainly, in the obvious sense.  If what you hold sacred is not any kind of person you could pray to, or consider to be an appropriate recipient of gratitude (or anger, when a loved one is senselessly killed), you’re an atheist in my book.”

— Daniel C. Dennett, Breaking the Spell