It's a crutch and a control mechanism for and over the weak. ~ my 2 gold coins. pretend for a moment: Your mom tells you she prays to God for the well being of your family and whatever problems your family faces. It makes her feel a lot better knowing she has faith and hope that God looking over you. Anything good or bad that happens to you or your family, you can connect it to God and say "God works in mysterious ways" or "Thank God" and move on because you believe in God. Now I bust down the doors telling your mom she's wrong, and that science proves everything wrong about what she believes. No matter how much proof that goes against her religion she just won't believe it because she likes to have that crutch of hope, and that ease of mind which in the better, makes her happier then knowing the actual truth. In fact this never happened because you don't want me to tell your mom because you know it'll just destroy her even though you believe in the advances of science and evolution. You rather have her on the crutch instead so she can live happily. Right? or do you tell her what you really believe (if you believe in evolution) and how science disproves the many fairy tale stories of ones magical shroom trip out in the BC era?