What is your opinion of religion? Is the world a better or worse place because of it?
Religion, at its best, has been too little and too late. As the Tao Te Ching suggests, people become religious after they have lost contact with the divine. The great teachers: Mahavira, Lao Tse, the Buddha, Jesus, have tried to restore that connection but their followers have complicated their simple message and corrupted it. So we are worse off because religion corrupts itself.
At its worst, religion has too often assisted the advocates of violent conflict and human abuse by sanctifying the power grabs and land grabs that have constituted world political and economic history. One and one-half stars.