Whether you find a theory or belief valid or not is up to you, not the theory or belief itself.
That goes both ways. Of course opinion does not trump whatever the truth is. But people who guess that they are right based upon what they hope is true are not necessarily more likely to be right.
I don't care if there is a god or not. If he is real, that's fine. If he is not, and billions of people are running around basing their entire lives, and their opinion of mine, on his existence, then something is pretty wrong.
I tend to think that going where information takes us is a better way of figuring out stuff than making up what we want the information to be. I am not making stuff up. Yes, I am trusting that was science say is as accurate as it can be at the present time, but only because it reflects the reality I experience more accurately than other possible explanations.
Fundamentalist christians, for instance, want to believe that people are sometimes bad because of original sin. They have it in their head that people should be perfect, and they aren't, and that is only because A&E went south in the morals department. So we all have to pay. And that makes sense to them.
I simply ask why anyone would ever think humans would all be perfect in the first place and assume that our evolution, unguided by anything except reproductive success, is as capable of making bad guys as it is of making good ones. Discoveries in psychology and sociology seem to bear this out. Whereas look as we might, its real hard to find talking snakes or other foreign influences.
Our world, our universe, is complex. We humans do not have the wherewithal to understand much of it. We are restricted by everything from size and the speed of light to the capacity of our brains and our tools, to learning just so much about this arena we inhabit. We were once to ignorant we couldn't even talk about it. Then we were so ignorant that all we could do was make up thousands of stories to explain it all, and kill each other over our differences. Now we are so ignorant that we can just barely detect the Higgs boson. It may be that someday, after we've found ways to look at the strings in string theory, that we'll find out that they are made of something trillions of times smaller than anything we can detect and our ignorance will reestablish itself in that field.
Even science is going to be influenced by trends, just as the religious and the political and the economic people of the world have their own vogues. But at least science is open to being told it is wrong. Perhaps not 100% of science, but enough to allow for change over time. Something that other areas of interest are often not willing to accept. And the flaws of science, as big as they are, still allow for research and discovery, whereas the flaws of many other endeavors allow for little change. Vested interests are stronger when so much of any given subject is made up and nobody realizes it.
If there is something out there that qualifies as supernatural, it will be science that finds it, not folks whose heads are buried in old books and older ideas. Those people are not interested in discovery. What they want is the same-old, same-old, in spades.
If the term "dark ages" sounds good to you, you're doing it wrong.
Edit: added the occasional comma so as to not drive Nam quite as crazy as usual.