I just read a very inciteful statement by a young lady named Megan Foley on Pharyngula. She was explaining why she's an atheist and this statement rang a bell with me: "Because the universe is all the more beautiful without any gods and their magic pointing fingers poofing things into existence."
That simple quote strikes me as wonderfully inciteful and profound. It cuts right to the heart of the matter, a place I now instinctively strive to attain.
Children are prone to believe in magic. Adults should have long ago ceased to believe in such nonsense. They might not understand the intricacies of the "trick," but they know a trick is involved.
If it weren't for the nonsense of religion, adults with a smattering of science education would reject magic totally, including the divine magic of their chosen deity. They wouldn't give a moments credence to any god speaking and magically bringing universes and life into existence. Creationists do it all the time and their superstition fills the minds of all too many politically powerful individuals.
Magical gods harbored in the deluded thinking of politically powerful people are a threat to civilization and human well-being and survival.
Reality has to replace superstitious magic or civilization itself is in peril.