:D I have just finally finished reading your book THE END OF FAITH. I say finally because it is so profound and so important that each word and thought had to be savoured. The last chapter was far beyond my capacities to really comprehend.
Your basic premise is my own fundemental (sic) belief (sic). I do not believe in belief. It is too unbelievable.
However, (to oversimplify a subject which is too complex) I take the position that the idea of god is a lie: That most people know this consciously or unconsciously and therefore feel free to lie, cheat swindle and harm their fellow citizens at any time and in any place. They all know deep down that there is no heaven or hell and that there is no hereafter.
It is also obvious that all men are not created equal (treated equal- yes)
But that lie serves only the stronger and the wiser (more intelligent) to control the weaker and dumber to do their bidding. Laws- mankind's laws- must be enforced to protect us from the advantage takers. Humans invented god. Humans invented law. Now humans must get rid of god and maintain law.
Religion has harmed more people than religion has ever helped. Religion is a tool for conquest of minds and wealth and is the source of power.
Religion has been in control for at least 8 thousand years. It has become a failure even though in the early years before science it served some modest good purpose; it is time to try a new tack and live our lives in the here and now with all consequences in the here and now with the human invented law as our standard.
Our democracy has been (since 1776) the most non-religious state ever in history and our vector of progress and standard of living is a testament(sic) to the importance of of non-religiosity. Currently we are veering away from that vector but my hope is that the back and forth of our democratic process will veer once again in the alternate direction and that our vector will return to it's path. I am an optimist.