I believe this: We started a journey a very long time ago. Our destination is true civilization. Every journey begins w/ a first step, and every subsequent step is needed to complete the journey. Religion is one of those steps. Born from the same parentage as science, we will arrive at the last stop of our journey when we can effectively bring both prodigal sons, religion and science, home, full circle, under one roof. One deals with that which lies within our perception, the other concerns that which lies outside our perception. I believe further, enlightenment or true spirituality will replace "religion".