I’m basically a utilitarian. “What’s useful here?”
I see religions. I see where they have their best utility.
So, that is what I emphasize about them.
I don’t have one at present, but I can see their usefulness.
I think war and politics and murder are ridiculous.
Yet, people find themselves in wars, engaged in politics, and committing murders.
But because people are judgemental of those things being morally wrong, they need to justify – to tell a story to convince someone “Hey, well, no, what I did is correct”.
They’ll use WHATEVER they can to try to justify it; to make a bad thing seem good.
Religions are handy excuses for bad behavior.
I’ve seen the Sciences used as handy excuses for bad behavior.
But the bad behavior would have happened regardless of the excuses used.
This is how I see it.
Then again, I’m far from a pure utilitarian either. It’s just that aspects of it are worthy of consideration. I don’t think you can aggregate utility among all peoples universally, but each must be taken into consideration within their own worldviews.