Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if man had never invented religion nor needed a god to believe in. Some think that societies would simply fall apart with no religion to guide them. As it looks from my point of view, religion divides much more that it unites. It might unite small communities in times of trouble or despair, but taking a look at the larger picture, it divides entire cultures — which is much more dangerous than dividing small communities.
By examining countries where religion has little consequence to individuals, we can compare societies as if religion nearly does not exist. Those nations are Norway, Sweden, Denmark and several other European nations. Study after study show that these societies have more prosperity, less violence and happier individuals than religious countries. Adversely, countries that have much more belief are more violent and poor.
Even if we look at ourselves in the Unites States, we see more poverty, more violence, more divorces and, yes, even more abortions and out-of-wedlock births in the Southern "Bible belt" states, which directly contradicts the tenets of the Christian faith.