If you believe in evolution, then how can you not believe that religion is an essential part of the human evolution? A part of the fabric of humanity. During the steps of the evolution of the eye, would you ask “if the genetic code had gone that way, would our vision have been better off?” No, you don’t question evolution because evolution is meant to adapt to its surroundings and religion was and still is a successful way of human beings adapting to their environment and circumstances.
Instead of asking if religion has any relevance in today’s world, the real question is, why is atheism trying to eradicate a huge part of what makes me who I am? A human being who is a product of my ancestor’s beliefs and wisdom. Some of these religious stories come from the beginning of recorded time, when human beings separated themselves from animals and became compassionate, ritualistic, humane, advanced creatures that we are today.
Atheists should admit they are a religious sect. Atheism is not a “lack of belief”, it is firmly believing there is no Higher Power. Otherwise, you would call yourselves agnostics.
Would atheists be as altruistic as religious folks if they weren’t out to prove something (that they are as charitable as religious people)? If atheism stood alone as a non-belief system throughout our history, what kind of society would we have evolved into?