However you believe we got here the fact is - here we are! Intelligent life exists in the Universe in the form of humankind. We are often cruel, sometimes brutal, commonly mediocre but occasionally brilliant and capable of incredible love and kindness. And we are intelligent.
Now here's my dilemma. If, as an atheist, I am forced to accept that the Universe gave birth to intelligent life on Earth should I not accept that intelligent life - godlike life - may also have arisen elsewhere in this almost unfathomable Universe?
Science has shown us that much about the material Universe is unknown. Galaxies should fly apart if the only matter that existed is that which we can observe hence the respected postulation of the existence of 'dark matter' which may account for over 90% of the 'stuff of existence'.
Could intelligence exist within the invisible universe of dark matter?
Is this invisible universe heaven?! The home of god?
If we 'pierce the veil' of dark matter might we actually uncover the nature of the almighty himself?
Of course, if any of this is even remotely near the mark (doubtful) it would mean that god arose at the behest of the same natural forces that brought us humans into existence. The nature of 'god's' existence and intelligence would certainly be different from ours, I might have to accept that 'he' could be much more powerful and long-lived than I am, perhaps even that he is eternal and that his perception has infinite range so that he would appear omnipresent. Perhaps some humans could tap into his consciousness through some mental discipline that some call prayer or meditation. Spooky.
Yes, I might have to accept the possibilty that a god exists.
But this just throws up a hundred new questions each needing their own space and time to grow and flower. If the Universe did indeed produce godlike intelligence then I'd like to meet it. I wouldn't worship it, it would only be my brother after all - a child of the cosmos just as I am.