Once what we call science seemed able to answer all our questions, something that what we call religion failed to do; but science also failed us, and now many people have returned to religion – pretending to believe in gods, just as they pretended to believe in science, because they can’t believe in themselves.
Scientists of the mind, mindful of science’s failure, and ours, now claim belief in gods is not only natural, but beneficent; a survival strategy we evolved because believing ourselves under the protection of a god gives us the confidence to act in a mysterious world. If this belief was once beneficent, it now threatens to destroy us.
Believing in beings whom we know, consciously or unconsciously, are our own invention makes us warlike, ready to fight those who believe in other gods. We must prove to ourselves, even more than to them, the strength of our faith in our gods.
Believing ourselves under the protection of a god that, no matter what we do, will save us from the consequences of our actions so long as we remain faithful to it, makes us reckless. A realistic awareness of our limits would be better now that we have the power to destroy the world. Instead we retreat further and further into the fantasy that Gott mit uns. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.