If we don’t have faith in it.
Mistakes simply happen when we fail to understand it.
Sometimes better ideas need a little magical push to turn them into reality. Imagine if there is no religion. Imagine if God (whether he’s real or just imaginary) didn’t tell that we shouldn’t kow tow to emperors (or party chairmen, or dear leaders or whatever). Till today we may have evolved down into gorillas like those commies.
Nowadays, those ideas are getting less and less thanks to science.
Maintain perception, or quite often, illusion of fairness, especially when you’re not.
Maintain beliefs favorable to you especially when it’s wrong.
Increase sells, especially if your offers are worthless.
Blame some other guy, especially when they’re innocent.
Getting rid competitors, especially when their offers are better.
Defend your self in the court of public opinion, especially when you’re evil.
Look very smart, especially when the question is way out of your knowledge space.
To look strong when you’re weak.
To look oppressed when you are oppressing others.
So no God is not death. Religion will be here for a very long time.
To think that religion is wrong is understandable. Say I am a perfectly rational being. Seeing all these benefits I too would “pretend” to be religious. Machiavelli would agree. Some people don’t like pretending so they believe their own non sense. Doesn’t seem like a bad strategy.
Of course, when religions are separate than politic, people would realize that they can no longer push people around just by believing crazy stuffs. The cost of believing crazy idea start outweighing the benefit and religions then go out of Denmark.
In ancient time, there are no robots and salary is low. So we need slaves for menial works. Now we have robots, programs, and workers productivity are also high enough to pay them salary. So we no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time, things are true, but we don’t know the evidences. So we have faith. Now true things usually have plenty of evidences and things still being justified by faith are usually false. So we no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time, there is no science. So we cannot look smart because others will be too stupid to figure that out even if we do. So we have religion. We no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time there is no blood test. The only way a man can know who the father of his child is by stoning wives that commit adultery. Hence, we have marriage. We no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time there is no IQ tests. The only way we can know if a person can work or not is by making them to go to school and get a degree. Hence, we have schools. We no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time, there is no porn. So we cannot easily judge our mates’ quality. So women signal her quality through complex and expensive seduction games often ending up stucked with low quality jerks instead. We no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time, there is no game theory, political theory, and evolutionary psychology. Even if we understand, there is no way the mass would understand. So we can get along well, we need morality. We no longer need that anymore.
In ancient time, there is no internet, wikileak, wikipedia, and freedom of speech. In ancient time, peace are maintained by blinding everyone to the fact that we’re screwing them. Hence, we have censorship. Now, every body see. So we no longer need that anymore.