Here's another churchless guest post from regular commenter "cc." I titled this post as he named his short essay.
Hope he's right... that science and evidence-based rationality will supplant religiosity. It's a slow process, though.
The United States is highly developed in many regards. But we have a seemingly never-ending supply of religious nutheads.
Under certain conditions, science undermines religion and eventually supplants it.
This is demonstrated in the developed world where the scientific method is held in higher esteem than religious faith. In the most highly developed countries, only a minority of knuckleheads revere and refer to holy scriptures, the mumbo-jumbo of a spiritual leader, and anecdotal evidence.
But, despite this trend in some places, what we're seeing world-wide is more faith-based religious nuts and maniacs than ever before.
As a species, we're reproducing faster than we can reduce the number of numbskulls we're tossing into the gene pool. It seems that if we can't develop faster than we can reproduce, our development is bound to be overtaken by the very brutishness it is fleeing.
This is not to say that I have no hope, but to say that I have no faith, and, if I may say, it's a tremendous relief. You can't believe what a burden belief is until you lose your faith.