You can do any of those things without all the associated religious nuttery involved.
It's hard to get the common group of values without religion and it's impossible to get the delusion of hope
without religion. The delusion of hope probably has a huge evolutionary value during times of hardship.
This may be why religion starts to fade anytime society becomes more prosperous. When you are
struggling to survive having a little extra hope that everything will turn out ok makes you more likely to
keep working towards the goal of surviving and also probably more likely to try to reproduce and protect
your offspring. Once you are no longer fighting to survive, the advantages of hanging on to superstitious