Aligning with our long discussion about secular Christians (of which I am one), there's an article on Religion Dispatches by an avowed atheist who practises Lent. Well, insofar he's giving something up. I like to think of Lent as more about self-examination, than self-denial, but that's me. He writes, that this is not disrespectful, but rather a shared connection.
In Denmark, fewer than a third of Catholics actually believe in God, but the traditions and practices keep them together. I think this is more or less the future of both religion and atheism in America. I don’t think the future of atheism will look much like a Richard Dawkins book signing, but neither will Christianity look much like a bible study. Like secular Jews practicing Shabbat and atheists practicing Lent, we’ll meet at the crossroads of our culturesWill we? Only if we are open to the possible value of different journeys.
As I've quoted many times, this comment from Karen Armstrong really resonates with me.
The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.” The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness