Scientist like Richard Dawkins and E.O. Wilson actively promote the idea of eliminating religion in order to improve the world. The question "Would eliminating religion improve the world?" on debate.com resulted in 76% of the respondents being in favor of eliminating religion. Amazing, hey?
My take on this is that these scientists don't fully understand the awesome power of religion. I can't think of any civilization that rose to any level of relative magnificence without the aid of religion. Religion is the unifying structure that forms the platform to support armies, government, business, education, art, and even science itself. Once a civilization becomes king of the hill it has a tendency to start supporting individual beliefs and materialism in favor of a collective belief in an archaic religion that no longer seems necessary. The resulting disintegration is the norm for great civilizations.
As a civilization evolves it reaches a point where it's spiritual beliefs must also evolve if it is to survive. But this doesn't mean that spiritual beliefs should be eliminated.
Could elimination of spiritual beliefs be suicide for the western world?