ah2, I am interested in what moved you "beyond atheism."
I am trying to get atheists to talk about "the Mystery of Reality" and how we explore our experience of reality and conceive of it. I have no interest in the preservation of theism as a metaphysical strategy; but I think we ought to be able to respect what worked for people before the cosmological and archeological exposure of the Biblical narrative as narrative instead of history and science. It required some attention to the way "truth" is conveyed.
Those who wish to reject all beliefs in mythic and metaphysical beings have my support because what we have has become too cliched to work well as religion. Churches are still selling God to people who want to believe that their world is not a cold, materialistic and impersonal space. Feeling the love of God is what they want because we really need love. Getting virtual love is not enough. Atheists who are looking for love and are not falling for some Santa substitute may be able to work out the power and authority of love in human nature with deep moral results. Go for it.
The point is that going for it is not the same as rejecting theism. That is the preface, now you have to get to work on the essay.