Some decent opinion and study here: Creating God in one's own image : Not Exactly Rocket Science I read one last week that proposed religion as a survival mechanism ... I think this story and that story go great together. What would God do ... what would I do ... and religion is a very socially binding thing. What would God do ... what would we do ... what is best for us. I think they all go together and kept man alive and prospering through thousands of years.