In a message dated 11/03/1999 12:46:21 PM Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> M. E. Smith <email@example.com> Wrote:
> > At the heart of existence is a mystery.
> That is absolutely true, but how does the God meme help?
> John K Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever Einstein was, he was never a schmuck. "Religion without science is blind, and science without religion is lame". I would say that the utility of God is to promote scientific evolution to the resolution of suffering and yes, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligences--as looney as that may be.
The funny thing is, if one extrapolates technology out far enough(time-wise) in a speculative sense, in a David Deutsch/Max Tegmark kind of way; the religious loons may be sort of correct. Wasn't it Jon Donne who said "A man's reach exceeds his grasp, or whats a heaven for?"