posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 09:03 AM
Going back to OP's original question, i'm sorry to say that I don't think we have outgrown god or religion yet as a civilisation.
Imagine if you were to take away all the places of worship, all the holy books, and all the religious leaders overnight. The vast majority of the
population would be rendered useless; without their religious guidance they simply would not be able to function in the same way as before. It seems
as though religion is too deeply engrained into our diseased society to be removed all at once. It is a cancer that cannot be removed in a single
operation, but must be shrank back through prolonged treatment.
It may be possible to phase out religion in the long-term, but the sad truth is that right now civilisation would collapse if it was removed in an
instant. As others have said, this removal of religion must not be done forcefully, as that would only alienate the believers from the non-believers
and result in extremism and conflict. Instead I hope that rational debate and scientific advancement will win the day over blind faith, but to be
honest i'm not optimistic about it as we do seem to heading in the wrong direction.
Then again, will we ever be able to disprove the existence of a god? Probably not, but believers will certainly not be able to prove that there is
one. We will never be able to completely eliminate faith from society for that very reason, but hopefully removing religion will be possible, and it
is that which is the real problem that civilisation faces, not the simple belief in a higher power.