I know religion is a hot-button subject, which is why I've posted this thought. I'm an atheist, but religiosity in and of itself is good for your health in some ways, although less than some of its advocates would have you believe. It makes perfect sense because if you come up with a system (Religion) that not only tells you why things are but is capped off with certain knowledge that something or things respond preferentially to you (god gave me that promotion at work! or god saved my son's life! ), you're filling a whole lot of pieces there—gaining some predictability, attribution, social support and control over the scariest realms of our lives. My church is sometimes my house, sometimes a bar, a meeting with my psychotherapist, a bike ride with a friend... Social support and human-to-human bonding can happen in many forms.