I've never advocated replacing any psychological process, or its product, with another. I have suggested that the [sane] needs of human beings can be met more effectively by social organizations and interpersonal relationships that do no not rely on irrational beliefs. (Elsewhere, I've also said that that our insanity can never be satisfied. See CNN) You tell me religion has benefits, and that this is self-evident to everyone but me, but the disparate examples make no sense to me; nor do I see them as evidence of any lasting benefit that cannot equally well be attributed to secular governance. I would need a single example, in its geo-political and temporal context, with a direct comparison of the religious institution and civil administration and what positive and negative effects each had on that people. For example. I honestly don't see the avoidance of pork reducing economic or status disparity among Muslims. If there is or was a benefit to that taboo, I see no evidence of it today. I don't think I'll start reading a mountain of books to show me where I've gone wrong.