God won't go away as long as human beings feel afraid and lonely. He might evolve--so one hopes--into something other than a white-bearded authority figure with a taste for vengeance. In moderate denominations that happened a long, long time ago. But modern life couldn't handle a nicer God. Millions of people feel too hollow and afraid, angry and attacked, lonely and disconnected. This phenomenon is called alienation. It was well diagnosed by Marx and Freud, who pointed out that the human psyche suffers terribly when people are yanked out of a connection with Nature, when traditions stop being a safety net, and when dislocation and insecurity are the daily norm.