However, the apparent need for religion, the apparent need for the belief in a supernatural deity has nothing to do with the the reality of an actual existence of someone called God. The concept of God, a concept most people demand in order to explain the "unanswerable" questions of life - questions such as compassion co-existing with human evil, or natural disasters of overwhelming proportion - can remain only as a concept, not more. It is a quantum leap to equate a concept with a reality.
Sacks explains the evolution of religion thusly: "an idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and now, evolutionary biology." He then concludes by indicating that "It certainly shows that the free societies of the West must never lose their sense of God."
He, correctly, chose the phrase "sense of God," and not the phrase "existence of God."