17th September 2011
We may still “need” God, but not to explain the universe
The God hypothesis is now being used less than ever before.We don't want an "explanation" (God) that "explains" everything but predicts nothing.
Here's an excellent write up on this topic.
True, we still have a few key gaps in our understanding, but God has essentially been driven away into a corner. God is only "needed" to explain two main things: (a) How is there something and not nothing? and (b) What happens to us after death?
These two residual questions have perfectly valid non-God explanations, which could potentially undermine God and drive "Him" even further into a corner – with absolutely nothing to "do".
It appears to me that God and religion will ultimately revert to their main job: of psychological therapy when we are in desperate strife. God servers a social purpose and that's where "His" value lies.
God and religion exist to address our ignorance and emotional shortcomings: the weakest aspects of our nature.
Where we are able to use our rational mind, God has become increasingly irrelevant.