I enjoyed the book by Mr. Harris. His arguments are sound, but I felt he did not go far enough in the physical world or rather universe.
There are between 300 to 400 billion stars in our MilkyWay Galaxy. Two other Galaxies are close by, Andromeda and the Spiral Galaxy. The Andromeda has 90 billion stars and the Spiral another 50 billion. That is all in our little spot in the universe. So with roughly 500 billion stars in our little neighborhood, the supreme being has chosen our Earth circling a small rather insignificant star upon which to create the race of man and apparently everything else. We even know what our supreme being looks like because he created man in his own image.
How egotistical can we possibly be?
The Planet earth is 8000 miles in diameter. All life as we know it exists in a 20 mile liquid/gaseous zone on the surface of this planet. From this we can derive that mankind is not the scum of the Earth. We are actually a biological infestation that inhabits the scum of the Planet Earth.
If someone suffers an accident and incurs damage to the brain, or if they suffer from Alzheimer's or any of dozens of other afflictions that affect the brain they can begin to lose their memories, even their very identities. Somehow when that body dies and that brain turns to dust, we will travel to heaven and find all of are loved ones. For some reason we will remember who we are and recognize others from our lives. You would think that the almighty immortal soul would hold up a little better while we were still in our bodies
Religion is such a sweet and easy addiction to fail into. We have had 2 thousand years to fine tune it so we can answer all the questions, all it takes is blind faith.
Maybe that is why SETI has never found anything. Would not any sentient species develop a religion to explain the mystery of life? Would not this religion eventually schism and become a dividing influence? Maybe most races destroy themselves in a tribute to the glory of their God.
I believe any sentient race stumbling across this Planet would decide that our religions are a clear danger signal. They would want to keep us unaware of them. That is of course the best scenario. If people want to pray for something they should pray that we never meet a race who has a true single religion. Mankind would never survive such an encounter.
Well I will now get down off my soap box.
Thanks for the book Mr. Harris, maybe someday I will write one of my own.