What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of life? The problem with these questions is the word “the.” As if there’s only one. Pastors often ask how you can have meaning without God. But to quote Dan Barker, this is like asking, “without a master, whose slave will I be?” The beauty of life is that as an atheist you’re free to find your own meaning – finding beauty, purpose, and happiness in the things that mean something to you.