Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.
@Joan, as you know, Oppenheimer was referring to Shiva, who, in Hindu mythology, dances the earth into existence, then dances it into oblivion. But Hindu mythology is cyclical, and after the Kali Yuga (age of Kali, another destroyer) a New Age will be born. I wouldn't hold my breath.
James, I will not hold my breath, either.
So many gods! So many predictions! So many admonitions! So many things to fear! Hope in this system continues ephemeral. There exist so many ways to fail, and cheap grace if I accept the correct premises.
Refuting the existence of a god or gods leaves me free to explore and experiment with ideas formerly forbidden. I can observe, then formulate a new hypotheses when new evidence reveals itself.
Ideas exist as living things, ebbing and flowing with the tide of observed evidence. Ideas cannot evolve if ancient beliefs prevent seeing change.