We can be better as a species if we recognize religion as a man-made construct. We owe it to ourselves to at least consider the real roots of religious belief, so we can deal with life as it is, taking advantage of perhaps our mind's greatest adaptation: our ability to use reason.
Not bloody likely, you say, and you would be right. But the research is compelling that we are not -- by dint of unredeemed, naturally sinful human nature -- the selfish toads we imagine most "others" to be:
Morality, which some see as imposed by gods or religion on savage humans, science sees as yet another adaptive strategy handed down to us by natural selection.
But we're 21st Century Americans. We don't believe in evolutionary science. We believe in hellfire and eternal damnation.