my general thesis is that we have all been dreadfully scarred by European religious authoritarianism, and we don't understand it, so it is repressed in the collective psyche. That is why it causes all these boilovers. Becoming liberated from Western religion without falling into antitheism, is, I believe, the challenge of the age.
I didn't see those interviews. But I have just finished Davies' Goldilocks Enigma
for the first time (published elsewhere under a different title, I think.) Will need to read it again, but it is pretty far out. The conclusion, or should I say, main speculation, is mind-boggling. The thing which strikes me is that many of these modern speculative cosmologies are actually a lot more fanciful in than their traditional counterparts, even though the traditional models have been shown to be factually incorrect (and I have no doubt they are, I am not being starry-eyed about it. Although Hindu cosmology is another story, again.) Anyway I have now taken the Anthropic Cosmological Principle
out of the library and am going through that; I don't understand any of the math, but the historical and philosophical content I have no trouble with at all.