I recently listened to a very interesting talk by Alain de Botton called Atheism 2.0. In this talk, he suggests we take another look at religion, identify the good bits about it and incorporate that into a secular society. PZ Myers launched a scathing attack on his ideas, and Matt Dillahunty gave it a more gentle thumbs-down. I think both of them miss the point to a degree. Here, you can watch and decide for yourself.
What do you think are the good bits about religion? I’m really curious. I’m not really thinking of the warmth and safety you feel knowing God loves you, I’m thinking: “I really love attending worship services, and singing with a group of people.” Or: “I went on a pilgrimage, and it was a wonderful experience.” I may just go troll on some forums to find answers to that question.