What about Deism? Every invocation of a concept of divinity represents a generalizing tendency of mind. Anthropomorphisations generalize over human and non-human, and any such impulse will intersect our sense of meaning (not necessarily in the sense of end or purpose--which relates to meaning by placing things in a broader (temporal) context). Deism draws its strength by fusing a concept that signifies generality (a God that ranges over everything) and so intones meaning (The meaning of the world is its most general representation), with the world of our ordinary experience--thereby raising that world to a 'higher' (more intense, spiritual, etc.) level. But what does all this add up to? What does the concept of God really signify? It's alarmingly simple, but subtle: the concept of futurity. That we live in a world of time, and can at least be wrong about the future--even in the face of the most convincing psychic impressions. You do not need the concept of God in any form to achieve a consolation more resolute than the religions offer. All you need is the concept of time, rightly understood. And that means understanding what has not been well appreciated: that the future decides the past, and present. What something is is decided by what it becomes. Van Gogh was not a genius until he painted his works of 1886 and beyond. In 1879 he displayed, in his early drawings, no talent for art beyond earnestness. If a seed becomes an oak, it was an acorn; if it becomes Mozart, it was a human zygote. If a chair suddenly disappears, maybe it wasn't a physical object at all, but an hallucination, vision, dream. Any radical discontinuity in our experience (such as death) is enough to alter/decide the nature and even reality of what came before. So what is there to fear, beyond our presumptions as to how time will play out, which is beyond our capacity to know for sure? And it is the 'for sure' that matters most. Believe what you like about what is to come, but in so far as your claims fail to recognize the nature, circumstance, and significance of time, you, anyone, will suffer, or be vulnerable to suffer, the full range of human fear, pain, etc. (Yes, even physical pain relates to our judgments about how things will play out.) Normalism allows us to understand how our religions console (if we insist on adhering to our 'spiritual metaphors'), or allows us to dispense with the mythological trappings and take our consolation pure.