A couple of thoughts about religion:
1) If faith is no longer to be placed in organized religion, then surely there must be another use for the remarkable power of faith. This faith which gave us hope to believe in. This faith which at once nurtured the will to survive and the quest to identity. This faith which allowed us to sink to the dark depths of the human spirit in the Spanish inquisition while also lifting us to the high heavens through the expression of artistic renaissance. This faith, divorced from religion must become our friend again, and we must together believe in something. To throw out faith is to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
2) At the time of the first Christian church worship service, people were hungry. Without adequate clothes or shelter people suffered hard and short lives while suffering threats of decimation due to diseases of which war is but one. How comforting the thought must have been to those poor barefoot souls, that a cathedral palace would welcome them any time, offer them bread as the body of Christ and wine as his blood. However little food it was, and however symbolic, they must have walked away from church services satiated for a while. Given that son's and fathers were wiped out in droves by violence, it must have been comforting to the people of those times to find a Holy father who could never die and would love them forever.
3) Our faith in religion may have done some good for us, in spite of all the negative attention it has drawn. It deserves the negative attention after all. Any group claiming to know the whole truth, the absolute truth, and nothing but the truth is worthy of scorn indeed. Still, our religions have helped step up and some might argue they have hurt as many people through wars as they have helped through benevolence and structure in the absence of structure. Some might argue that faith in religion was the first drive towards unity, collective existence; the first drive towards a huge cohesive family stuck together by the common understanding brought on by a common faith. Still, today we are finding that faith is not common and everybody interprets god in his or her own way. We only think we think the same thing. When we really do think the same thoughts, no words are necessary and you certainly don't have to write a big book to convince me that our thoughts are similar. If we are meant to think and feel alike then our existence will prove it.