Of course it’s not the exclusive domain of religions, but religions can do a very good job of it, due to their community structuring.

True. Still, I can see it happening. If you look at popular culture, Science (at least in the USA) is getting more and more fandom. It’s getting very popular.

At the same time, people in their 20s and 30s and beyond are complaining about loneliness, lack of community.

I saw an excellent TED talk once given about one of the missing pieces of atheism and it’s this kind of thing:

Some of the benefits of religious communities are obvious (or should be): love of beauty, singing, community, pot-luck dinners, educating each other, a feeling of unity, caring about each other as individuals and families and having an identity.

Of course it’s not the exclusive domain of religions, but religions can do a very good job of it, due to their community structuring.

I can see something like that being beneficial for other communities as well.

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