In speaking of the fear of religion, I donâ€™t mean to refer to the entirely reasonable hostility toward certain established religions and religious institutions, in virtue of their objectionable moral doctrines, social policies, and political influence. Nor am I referring to the association of many religious beliefs with superstition and the acceptance of evident empirical falsehoods. I am talking about something much deeperâ€“namely, the fear of religion itself. I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isnâ€™t just that I donâ€™t believe in God and, naturally, hope that Iâ€™m right in my belief. Itâ€™s that I hope there is no God! I donâ€™t want there to be a God; I donâ€™t want the universe to be like that (Oxford Univ. Press, 1997), 130-131.
Nagel seems to be speaking for many when he reveals what the root problem isâ€”an unwillingness to acknowledge Godâ€™s lordship in his life. Note too how Nagel admits that a lot of smart people he knows are believers, which makes him very uncomfortable. (from http://epsociety.org/blog/)