Absolutely... nature is awesome. The earth itself is a work of art... Majestic, Breathtaking, and awesome...
Nature is awesome in many ways. Here's a Pic of a beautiful sunset..
This is a sample of some spectacular sunsets that occurred for many months after the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, that killed nearly 40000 people from pryoclastic flows and huge tsunamis (some est. at 100ft high). You can read more about it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakatoa#The_1883_eruption
Another "natural" force, bacteria , was responsible for an est. 234 million deaths in the 14th century alone ( I really can't picture in my mind that # of people) known as the "Black Death".
The naturally occuring forces all around us can inspire or terrify us, and rightly so, because they are out of our control for the most part. However, it is much easier for the athiest to comprehend these forces because he doesn't need to perform any kind of mental gymnastics to counter the incongruity of an onnipotent creator with devastating natural forces and bioorganisms. For instance, who created that bacteria? Or, are the forces of plate tectonics somehow initiated or accellerated by "sinful" mankind?
We are very fortunate to be able to understand these kind of forces better than any other time in history, and at least demystify them. Unfortunately for many of our predecessors, they had very little scientific knowledge to work with. In the case of Black Death, this, combined with the inability of religion to explain or cure this disease, made for a very dark period in our history.
Without science, we would be able to do little but pray over the bodies our diseased loved ones, or offer sacrifices to the god of the volcanos, among many other scenarios that presented themselves in the past as hopeless.
God used to be the best explanation we’d got, and we’ve now got vastly better ones. God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining.
"preferring reality over fantasy" class P.S. would like a scientific explanation why can't paste a #@$%! picture...