Religion was important in olden times, it gave a structure to society and gave the elite a power base from which to govern yet it would not have prospered unless ordinary people also benefitted in some way.
I am not saying that religion gave people something to believe in or the chance of a better life in the hereafter but that it was useful as a guide to life, i.e. don’t borrow or lend money, form a mutual pair bond, treat other people as they treat you etc.
Until the start of the industrial revolution (hooray for capitalism) ordinary people had it hard. Staying alive was a struggle, lack of food and no education meant people needed all the help they could get. Religion supplied that help.
We can see a modern day counterpart in the opposite of religion in the welfare state. Nowadays the thick are looked after from the cradle to the grave and no longer get the social reinforcement that would better direct them to lead purposeful lives and be happier.
Take a walk around your local “sink” estate, council house slums, living of the taxpayer and crime, full of depravity, the lack of morality is palpable.
Yet religion is falling. People no longer believe in supreme beings, messengers from god, virgin births etc.
How do we as a society keep the useful bits that ordinary people can use to help themselves whist doing away with the supreme being stuff?
One way is to use honest conversation, a perfect example is Stefan Molyneaux at Freedman Radio (FDR).
To quote Infogalactic:- In 2005, Molyneux began a podcast called Freedomain Radio (FDR). He uses the same name for the website on which he distributes his own writings, hosts podcast archives, and provides an Internet forum for FDR listeners. Molyneux also produces videos and commentary on current events, and he presents a weekly call-in show on which listeners can ask questions or discuss personal issues.
There is a clear public appetite for honest conversation Freedman Radio got well over 100 million downloads in 2016 alone. Mr Molyneauxs books which are all available as free downloads would all dominate the best seller lists. And this is all done by voluntary donations, there is no advertising.
So, if you are curious about the big questions, need help with philosophical problems or just need good old fashioned honest conversation head over to Freedomain Radio.