I Personally can't see religion holding any purpose a secular life can't fulfill. The only thing I think religion accomplishes is, sadly enough, population control. Imagine all the people that would be alive to procreate without religion! We'd be at 10 billion people in no time. 

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Currently for me it holds no purpose but in the past it was about Control and Comfort. It would be naive to hold the belief that different versions of religion didn't play an important part in keeping many groups of people together past the original idea of "Hey if we work together we can grow more or we can take that guys stuff from him" Having a common ideal or belief is a strong force and it does make it easier to form society. Its easier for a society to rationalize that it’s right to take whatever actions it takes or to comfort themselves by explaining things they don't understand via magical forces and to establish authority to rule.  It’s very helpful to control a mass of uneducated people to do what you need if they have a fear of a god in them. Religion however is its own undoing because of some of the long term benefits of having united causes allows a society to focus on more problems leading to a few people who start question faith after learning more and more. Yes religion will attempt to hold back advancement at a point for its own self preservation but it fails in keeping the flood gates closed forever. 

I know religion had benefits during the forming of larger human colonies. I'm sure as human culture gradually came together, it was chaos. We were still animals long ago and organization was key. I was talking in more modern day terms. So I rephrase my question; Does modern day religion hold purpose at all to our society?



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