POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY NIGEL WILLMOTT IN THE GUARDIAN
The analogy is not uninteresting, but in the final analysis, it fails.
What we are facing in the age of science has no precedents.
Science has proven its abilty to work real miracles, ones everyone can see, not re-told tales from papyrus.
The rate of change worked by science and technology only increases.
We have, for the first time in human history, literally an army of scientists working full-time everywhere. Any nation would fear not to join the race for scientific discovery.
New areas of work, such genetic work and artificial intelligence, promise even more startling changes.
I believe we are on the edge of a new era with respect to religion, one in which, quite simply, all educated people everywhere will cease believing in superstition.
Religion will still be there in all the dark corners of the world, but it will be deprived of effective leadership and a good deal of wealth.
After all, a good part of the world likely believes today the world is flat, but they have no influence on the course of events.