Penn Jillette, via Gruber, via Kottke:
There is no god and that’s the simple truth. If every trace of any single religion died out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.
Actually, I think it is pretty clear that the basic truths—which you find repeated in nigh every religion—would reappear.
The big difficulty with religion is that it is easy to get caught up in the unimportant parts and lose sight of the important ones.
(Though, we don’t need to be putting science and faith into opposition.)