What if religion never existed and there were no religions of any kind that ever started upon the face of the earth. How far advanced do you believe scientist would be now? Do you think we would already have a cure for most diseases? Do you think over population would not exist or unwanted and homeless children would exist? Do you think we would have had less wars? Would the Spanish have conquored North America? Do you think Hitler would have killed all of those millions of Jews? Do you think we would already had bases on Mars? Do you think nations would be better off and richer than they are now? Would history be better than it has been? What if everyone were atheist? How much better off do you think our entire civilization would be if there never were any religions and everyone from the dawn of time to the present were atheist? I have oftened wonder what kind of advances in science there would now be were there were no religions to influence and stop the progress of mankind or how much better off the world would have been had there never been any religions. Would people trust one another more? Would there be as much crime or war or suffering? Would the leadership of countries be better and would less people have more food, shelter and strife? How would history have been different? I believe religion is the root of most of the ills of the world. What do you think? Do you believe religion and the belief in gods, goddesses and imaginary beings are the root cause of the world's troubles and why we aren't as scientifically advanced as we should be?