What the Great Debate is Really About
By Alan D. Griffin

Ultimately, I believe that more genuine compassion toward our fellow man is what we are all striving toward and concerned about at the end of the day.

The Great Debate at its heart seems to me has less to do with if a God exists or not and more about how the concept of God is used.

It can be a concept that delivers hope and a sense of community ( which is why theist argue in defense of it) and then it is also used to divide humanity into in-group/ out groups and to justify the mistreatment of various people groups ( which is why atheists rail against it).

The concept of God is a neutral vessel on its own, it is what we fill the concept with that makes it emotionally charged and divisive.