Ethan, nice article, as always! I admire your ability to respect all religious people. I, too, have some level of respect for religious people who contribute positively to society and the environment, and keep their personal beliefs to themselves – and don’t attempt to push them into society and especially into politics and government. Nevertheless, even then, I can’t fully respect their lack of analytical and logical thinking, and level of self delusion. Moreover, in my opinion, religion in general is a negative influence overall in the world – since it is invariably retrogressive – being unfounded in empirical fact. Regarding your general topic, the excellent books by Victor Stenger provide a broad-based, detailed, scientific, and analytical discussion – though I suspect that you are already familiar with them?