If you are religious, try reading this article by Ricky Gervais. If you’re not enlightened, your not trying hard enough. I couldn’t have explained why I’m an effective atheist any better except for two things. I actually consider myself an agnostic because I’m not omnipotent and can’t say for sure there isn’t a god or gods. However, I haven’t seen anything to indicate there is one or more. If you are enlightened, you can still be religious if you must, just hopefully more like Jesus. I also tend to believe anyone who is religious and insists on others believing exactly like them is unworthy of either going to their heaven or continued existence on earth.