How can one move beyond atheism, you ask? Well, one would have to understand the mindset of the believer and how it evolved. We are all believers. Atheists may not believe in a god, but they believe in other ideas that also don't have a realistic premise. That is the keyword, premise. One can have a very complex mind and dwell in reasoning that is beyond reproach, but is the premise realistic?. For example, do you believe that all people are good? Is that realistic? My contention is that everyone who understands the relationship between society and the individual is probably a good person. Why? Simple. Individuals within the human race had to work together in order for humans to evolve as far as we have. It comes down to adaptability. If you want to survive then you have to work together or, at least, that has been one of the most important reasons that we have evolved so far beyond the animal kingdom.
So the next time you hold someone with exceptional intelligence in such high regard, take another look. Intelligence is only useful if it's goal is to assist the human race to evolve to the next higher plane. If such intelligence is use for self serving purposes that work against society then one would have to question their premises.
Let us look at this from another perspective. The human race has evolved starting at a point where beliefs were necessary in order to understand their environment. Just like using the scientific method. The human race made some assumptions and then through trial and error tried to prove them. Of course, their methodology was not very refined, but eventually, it became more sophisticated. It was beliefs that enable us to make those first assumptions. As time moved on, others would challenge such ideas. Today our methodology has evolved and we use want we call the scientific method. But we have a problem. We still have the belief system mindset cultivated through the ages. Here is an example. Have you ever assumed something to be true before actually knowing and the result was that you thought that you heard something that was not actually said or you assumed that someone did something in a way that they actually did not do but your perception was skewed because of prejudices. Let say that someone is raised in a particular environment and assumes that their experiences in the environment will occur in a different environment. This happens all the time us. it is because of the belief mindset. Theists and atheists alike are often incapable of realizing that their experiences are a small part of reality and are related only to the small portion of reality that they have experienced.
What makes this even more complicated is that may atheists like all theists don't understand what reality is. Some don't even consider the concept. Others think that there are multiple realities because people have different experiences and therefore people live in different realities. Of course the truth is that there is only one reality. it is becomes blurred with faulty perception.. All these supposed realities are really just a very small part of the whole. An experience is composed of two parts, the perception of the event and what really happened.. Our belief systems tend to skew our perception of the event so it takes an acknowledgment that one should always question what they perceive. Atheists have learned to question the ravings of the religious declarations, but they have a long way to go to question their non deity base beliefs.