The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
And yes, really.
By virtually every metric, the world is a much safer, healthier place than it used to be: .
Here, read this book and criticism of it to start your journey:
Don't just skip straight to the criticism and assume the book is wrong.
We're living in the most peaceable, awesome time in history believe it or not. There's a book substantiating this claim: The Better Angels of Our Nature by Stephen Pinker .
> There appears to be an innate drive in humans towards something that is moral, existential, and transcendent
And that would be because we've evolved as a social species, and rather than acting selfishly, we act as a community to better propagate our genes. (Richard Dawkins, *The Selfish Gene *; Steven Pinker [again] *The Better Angels of Our Nature *)
> the lack of a clear universal and very specific "sensus divinitatis" doesn't inform us either way about the divine existence.
It does, when you start positing specific deities. If your deity punishes non-belief, your deity is positively immoral without instilling a natural sense of sensus divinitatis. See another comment of mine on this thread for more on that.