Sounds like your trying to preach a Sermon on the Mound.<quoted text>
Wouldn't THAT be a hoot!
But, let's face it ... any REAL god or gods would simply <read: must> be from one of Clarke's "magical" super-advanced technological civilisations. These 'gods' would have no interest in one of their 'creations' who remain trapped in a primitive superstitious developmental phase. In fact, they are more likely to tire of the continued nonsense, zap us, and start over. Sparing the Atheists, of course, who will have the enviable task of repopulating a pristine new world.
Man has a tendency to give themselves more credit than they deserve. We believe that we are the ultimate creature,(God's favorite), but there will be other creatures that will remain long after we are gone. Not many though, because we will consume or destroy most resources that are essential to living creatures existence.
In reality we are very self-destructive, and maybe God has decided we are no longer worth the time or effort, and is allowing us to determine our own demise.
Maybe the current evolution of the Universe proves God is busy else ware and is done with us.
Your giving Atheists more credit than they deserve, because they are homo sapiens just like everyone else.
Maybe the next form of man won't be cursed with arrogance.