Sam Harris and Richard Dawkings argue religion’s a parasitic waste product of evolution. It isn’t worth the trouble and does more harm than good. Psychologists like Schweder and Haidt couldn’t disagree more. Their work shows religiosity has powerful effects in almost every area of life.
This lecture reviews these positive outcomes. It presents current research showing it’s effects on our private lives and on society as a whole. It reviews how religious practice enhances two key areas of life. First, personal stability in the face of fear. Second, social trust which keeps our lives and society healthy.