"Human beings are spiritual creatures, and that side of our nature must find nourishment. That the big old institutional faiths — Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism — will continue to provide that nourishment is open to reasonable doubt.
We are more and more accustomed to high evidentiary standards in our work and leisure — if only from watching courtroom dramas on TV or doing quality control and evaluative work. Each of us has his own threshold of credulity, of course, but it's hard to believe the average hasn't been creeping up, and will continue to do so.
This saps away at faith in the magical and miraculous, without which the big old religions are holed below the water line." - John Derbyshire