I decided to start a discussion tracking quotes from famous nontheists calling for a nontheistic religion. I'll add one to get started and feel free to add others.

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A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.

Carl Sagan, 1994, "A Universe Not Made for Us", Pale Blue Dot

Modern man has come a long way; he has become disenchanted with the nonsensical dogmas
of past religions. We are living in an enlightened age. Psychiatry has made great strides in
enlightening man about his true personality. We are living in an era of intellectual awareness
unlike any the world has ever seen.
This is all very well and good, BUT - there is one flaw in this new state of awareness. It is one
thing to accept something intellectually, but to accept the same thing emotionally is an
entirely different matter. The one need that psychiatry cannot fill is man's inherent need for
emotionalizing through dogma. Man needs ceremony and ritual, fantasy and enchantment.
Psychiatry, despite all the good it has done, has robbed man of wonder and fantasy which
religion, in the past, has provided.

 

Anton LaVey on why Satanism is needed, 1969, The Satanic Bible

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