IJN wrote: I'm not a religious person in any shape or form, I give as much credence to Obi Wan Kanobe as I do the Virgin Mary.
However, my Grandad once told me, 'You never met an atheist in the trenches'. I'm sure he wasn't right, but I always got his point.
When the chips are really down, most people want to turn to something.
Quite true. Having similar views to you, I tend to stay out of religious debates. However, there can be no doubt that it serves its purpose for a number of good reasons - whether that be a simple crutch for those who need it, or the significant charitable efforts that it supports.
It's not for me, but that doesn't mean I don't have a healthy respect for it as well.