Thanks Jack, a lot to unwrap here so perhaps I’ll write my thoughts up as a separate post. I strongly refute your suggestion that “atheism is a learned belief system”, that is arguably an oxymoron. Because I don’t have to believe in the absence of anything for lack of empirical evidence.
And as soon as science discovers the higher order intelligence that created our universe in a (metaphorical) petri dish, I and most atheists I know will celebrate that monumental discovery as another triumph of science. Until then, sticking with the gods I know: the Big Bang, quantum uncertainty, evolution, observation and free thought.