A “man of the cloth” I respect very much (there are a dozen or so), writes:
Give me a seeking atheist who is passionate, in love with Christ, and willing to give his or her life to being a disciple over the “typical” American evangelical who sits in church, yawning, and is nothing more or less than a standard member of our culture.
Doesn’t this just make you think about what it means to “follow” in the footsteps of the famous mystic from 2000 years ago? He was a person that questioned the status quo, that encouraged people to think (speaking in parables and asking questions much more often than actually giving straight answers), to measure things not according to the rules and regulations of scripture, but to measure them according to values and principles, love and compassion.
It is very much possible that a number of atheists follow those principles much more successfully than many Christians. Your specific notions of what or who “God” is, does not play as big a role in your ability to follow “the way” as many people seem to think. I don’t particularly care what notions you have about “God”, I care more about what you do with those notions.