Many atheists reject the existence of this absolutely huge Celestial Daddy. Every major theologian throughout Christian history say that they are right to. That is not the Christian God. We would need to be liberated from this terrible figure, the Heavenly Boss. He would suffocate us and rob us of our freedom. Most atheism is getting out of the shadow of this oppressive figure in which no orthodox Christian believes anyway. When Cardinal Murphey-O’Connor appealed for dialogue between believers and atheists, Dawkins replied that he could see no point in discussing with someone like the Cardinal who believed in talking to ‘an imaginary friend’. But dialogue with atheists is important for at least one reason – they can be freed from wasting their time disbelieving in a god whom no traditional Christian accepts anyway. We can cry out, like Meister Eckhart in the middle of a sermon, ‘I pray that God will rid me of God’.
SOURCE: Tomothy Radcliffe – Why Go To Church? Page 69