Value of Religion

The great debate between Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens was a bit of a bust - with Blair citing the roles of moderate religious leaders in "bringing together" Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland (without any acknowledgement of the fact that religion itself was the defining characteristic of the warring classes).
Other discussions such as this one may have a bit more depth, but the real question is not what value religion may or may not have had in the past but whether it has any positive net utility going forward - and either way on that, whether there is anything useful to say or do about it.

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