So far I’ve found three downsides to atheism besides the obvious, if cynical, problems with being on the losing end of Pascal’s wager:
1. Nobody to talk to during sex.
2. Screaming “Scientific materialism!” when you miss the birdie in badminton just doesn’t feel good enough. I played doubles yesterday and my Muslim partner was screaming “Allah!” every time he missed a shot, and a game earlier the Christian was shouting “Jesus!” and the Balinese have a whole repertoire, and I thought God, we atheists need a god.
3. No invisible means of support.