It is the lack of a traditional religious world-view that helps create the most benign societal conditions yet seen.
The genocide of WWII directed at Jews, Serbs, Roma, Soviets, and others by the Nazis and their allies generated vast amounts of loot and plunder.
An honest person wants solid evidence to support assertions, and is leery of baseless claims. Therefore, skeptics are most honest of all.
What if the whole supernatural spectrum and its huge army of practitioners constitute a trillion-dollar fraud?
The fear felt by many American politicians aware of the undemocratic activities of the church has resulted in their silence.
Each religion claims that its god or gods have supreme power. They could then wipe out all the unhappiness in one gesture.
With better science, and with government safety nets, and smaller families, there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives.
Any student can go through the Bible and find hundreds of conflicts between science and the Christian religion.
Blessed are the poor (donate heavily). Blessed are the meek (obey). Blessed are the humble (don’t question authority).
Men do not miraculously heal the sick, raise the dead, and rise from the grave. The claims of Christianity are prima facie absurd.