The dismissal of gods is an act of profound humility and an acceptance of an astounding perspective.
To a mind conditioned to needing a superior being, dismissing gods is simply an act of arrogance, because to such a mind, there must be a superior and the dismissal leaves a power vacuum that only man -- allegedly -- can fill.
To a mind who wants no superiors, dismissing gods is an act of freedom. Not freedom for only that individual, but a declaration that all creatures great and small are also free.
A horse, however, can only be led to water.