Why Is There Religion?

I think religion evolved to stifle change.

Imagine some young Paleolithic farmer saying I think we should plant a month earlier than usual. Then we can eat a month sooner. The clan point out that the god Mojo commands the time of planting by omens in the stars. The boy is an infidel and they roast him alive and eat him, putting to bed this reckless idea that could have killed the whole clan if acted on.

It may turn out we kill ourselves with too rapid change, and Christian luddites were actually right, repulsive as their superstitions are.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)