Posted from the US
Religion. Is religion another vestige of the past, an old way of understanding reality, a way that has been fully superceded by scientific methods and explanations?
A lot of books out now are attacking religion with guns blazing. Richard Dawkins is one who is out on the front line, working quite hard to decimate religion.
He may be right on many counts - religion has a lot of baggage to be swept away, lots of piles of garbage that have accumulated over the years.
What is interesting in religion is the encounters that very few have had with Something. These out in the wilderness, physically real encounters with Something. The interpretation and rituals around what happened, and how that evolved over many hundreds or thousands of years may be filled with a lot of noise. But I do find the possibility of the Encounter, the real engagement to be quite interesting, and not something to be so easily swept away. I'm not sure what Dawkins would say, but I'm fairly sure that he can not remove entirely the idea that we can all have some Experience that we can not explain - that science can not yet explain.
The idea of detecting something More does not mean that any particular religious text is true. But it does keep the game open, wide open, for the idea of religion, for the possibility that religion is not something that describes what happened many thousands of years ago, but that perhaps some religion/science could describe that Sense most of us know but can not describe.