Delightful quote from Dan Dennett:

there is no polite way of asking somebody: have you considered the
possibility that your entire life has been devoted to a delusion?

He also asks the sensible question:

would the ritualistic shells still do the work of binding together

I guess that’s what I use to justify my participation as an atheist in religious ceremonies. I hadn’t read of Owen Flanagan’s work on saying it and meaning it, but should look through it.