Do I believe there is a higher power that governs the universe? No. For me, if the idea of or name of a god could be applied to anything tangible, then it would be the universe---all powerful and everywhere at once. However, the universe isn't a conscious, self aware being that interacts with us in the way that a god would (such as through prayers and miracles) nor is it all knowing. While I don't believe the various gods and goddesses are literal beings, I see them as belong symbols and metaphors for the stories they stand for and stem from. I've been told that makes me a pantheist, which is fine. I also connect with Bokononism (from Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle") and Satanism, which are the core philosophies I still abide by as well. At the end of the day, the highest call I must answer to is myself and it's all about living for today in the now. Do what makes you happy as long as you aren't hurting anyone, basically.