Is Theism that bad?
I expect the answer will be yes, but please hear me out. First of all, we cannot deny the fact that nearly every civilization had its own religeon. Not until the rise of Christianity did religion start unifying to cover many areas. When you look at every ancient civilization, they each had their own unique religeon(with the notable exception of the Romans, who stole their religeon from the Greeks) which fit their environment. Now if we all think that belief in an unprovable god is foolish, we humans have been fools for a LONG time.
Religeon does have its benefits. The world is undenyably very scary, though maybe not as much in our day and age. The knowledge that there is a greater being would have a calming effect on a populace. The one thing people fear the most(besides public speaking, apparently) is death. The belief in an afterlife would also bring some sense of peace to the common man. A religeon also keeps a civilization in line with a "divinly inspired" code of laws. We also cannot ignore the political aspects of a religeon. Not only does it keep the ruler, chosen by the gods, in power, but can also be used to incite a population into war against "heathens"(see the Crusades).
So I know that many of you find religeon foolish and irrational for the individual, and I will not contest that point right now, but is religeon just as foolish for a civilization?
I hope that when the world comes to an end I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.