A Reasonable God
“So soon belief will end and leave a void;
A godless empty place”, the thinker said.
“When all the faiths that filled it are destroyed,
And all that they stood for is cold and dead.”
And so the writer, with a sense of dread,
Foretold how men would kill their deities.
Would have no need of them — their daily bread
Would still be theirs; there’d be no need to please
Imagined gods; to fall down on their knees
And pray to empty space; was science’s turn
To rule the minds of men. The poles would freeze;
The tides would rise and fall, the sun would burn;
No gods or their fair angels would be missed.
The new God, Science, would rule with an iron fist.
— D.N. O’Brien