Some beliefs are inherently pleasing to the believer: the belief that I am intelligent, talented and modest; a belief in a just, well-ordered universe; the belief that the sun will rise again tomorrow.
This is something that I run across a lot when reading things by atheists and pagans, the notion that “belief in a just, well-ordered universe” is pleasing or somehow comforting. It’s another one of those notions that just doesn’t make sense when I check it against my own outlook. I suppose I have a faith that the universe is well-ordered, and that ultimately there is a kind of justice (two unrelated ideas, really), but it is not pleasing to me. It’s more like a kind of fatalism.
I think people who would be pleased by a well-ordered justice system are people who imagine that it aligns with their own personal preferences. However, if order or justice comes from a source outside of oneself, particularly a source which one does not magically control, then it is rather unsettling to contemplate.
There are many situations in which the assertion of the likelihood of some future state of affairs may actually help to bring that state about.
This is cited by the author as a rationale that does not “tend to support a belief in God.” However, there is a rather old concept of God that explicitly asserts this. I’m referring to the ideas of Tillich and Bultmann, and even Kierkegaard.