Yo Dan Im just a player in a thread called "without God what would humanity do"
K, just trying to get clarification.
It's obvious that the God concept has had a tremendous influence on the world of human beings, so obvious that it's ridiculous to even state that. But, in reality, we've done everything that we've done without a God that exists in external reality, because, God doesn't exist in external reality. God is just a construct of language, an invention.
Can we live without the God Concept? We've been forced to, sometimes gradually, sometimes in leaps. The gaps in knowledge are always decreasing, so God keeps being pushed into smaller and smaller gaps, although there are forces in our world that would like to get those gaps nice and big again -- if only for a little while because you can only fight against the truth for so long -- by loudly and repeatedly insisting that well-established scientific facts such as evolution are not true.
Nietzsche wrote "without the errors that underlie the assumptions of morality, man would have remained an animal". I think that was fantastically insightful. But it's been three or four hundred years since the first real cracks in the God facade started to appear, and the grieving continues. Will our grief eventually spiral into complete self-annihilation? Maybe so. Will religious fundamentalists eventually win out, and put an end to scientific inquiry and free thought, creating a religious dystopia such as the one portrayed in The Handmaid's Tale? Maybe so. Or maybe it won't all be that dramatic, perhaps I read too much drama into human history and project too much of that onto our current situation. At any rate, a thousand years from now, this will all be academic, that is if there's anybody around at that time to reflect back on earlier times when mankind was still grieving the loss of the inspiring concept that made him into what he is.