Religion as evolutionary trait
An article in the Post-Dispatch discusses whether religion has evolutionary advantages. Interestingly, two of the researchers agree on the evidence, yet one is an atheist and the other an evangelical.
One explanation given is the mind's use of agency -- attributing natural phenomena to sentient agents -- as a defense against predation. Another is the theory of mind -- an individual's ability to appreciate that another person (or being) can have a mind, operating independently of his own.
If religion must be debunked, does species survival demand it be exchanged for something else, or can it be discarded with nothing to replace it?
There are no theists on operating tables.