I like this quote from Michael Dirda (a writer for the NY Times) writing about agnostic Julian Barnes’s book on death:
“Beautifully done might also justly describe Nothing to Be Frightened Of. A friend once summed up Julian Barnes’s own daily existence: ‘Got up. . . . Wrote book. Went out, bought bottle of wine. Came home, cooked dinner. Drank wine.’ Some might say: Not much of a life. Yet the philosopher Epicurus maintained that quiet routines like this offer our best response to death: Work hard at what you care about and enjoy moderate pleasures. It’s really very good advice, but probably just a little too sensible for the unruly human heart.”
This is about all that atheism and agnosticism really have to offer to counter the grandiose and fantastic claims of religion, combined perhaps with Monty Python-like “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” humor. It ain’t much, but it has some truth in it, and it is something.