Describe a religion that you would find acceptable, people need the magic and stuff remember, so what is the most benign way you could package it so religion would do the world least harm.
It is indeed inevitable in humans unless we are taught to deconsruct and deny the formulation of beliefs, so your point is a good one.
How to construct a religion based on belief that does no harm, tends to increase human potential and actualy progresses human wisdom and understandings?
Well the first good news is that any belief system, but particularly one held communaly and practiced,increases physical and psychological well being.
So the we just have to buid one which physically improves the lives of all. Now that is hard because some people want different things from others.
My religion would teach that with educaton and discipline, all emotions can be chosen, and that humans can "be" what ever they want to be n matter their external circumsatnces.
That we have a duty and a repsonsibilty to make of ourselves all we can. To love honour ourselves, and to think and act in ways which build that self love and respect in ourselves and in others.
Secondly that all humans are one. Thus we must apply the love and respect we have for ourselves to others. Third to separate behaviour from the person. Teach that behaviour mus tbe controlled, individually or socially, for the benefit of individuals and society, but that a person has an individual right to BE as they are, if they do not harm another.
Then we need to define harm. The religion would also strike a positive balance between individual rights and social responsibilities. Generally, social duty and responsibility overrides individual rights, but allowances must be made for arguable individual ethics and moralities.
There is much more but I would personally alos encourage everyone to seek the god within and around them and to learn to interconnect with that presence. This will change a life in positive ways and thus also change society in positive ways.
I would teach tha t my religion is only one way to a good life but that it works. I would also teach that what happens after death is unknown and unknowable, and that people mus t chose their own beliefs on that. Finally the aim of my religion would be to create a form of heaven within the heart and mind of every huamn so they could live fulfilled, at peace and happily. And also to make our physical earth into a form of heaven as well where, because individuals had heaven within them, their society reflected this . No famine war hate anger lust envy jealousy hate fear loneliness etc Where people were taught they are all the same rather than taught tha t, because they have an individual mind, they must see them selves as individuals first Or that other people are different and to be feared. I would teach peole to heat healthily get plenty of exercise use modern medicine to its fullest and that they dont need any drugs or alcohol to be happy fulfilled etc I would use a lot of the sciences to transform people so they really understood who and what they are and what potentials the y have. And i would teach that thumans are not just there to provide work/labour or to gain material benefits for thems elves or their society Tha t in fact that should only be an end result not an aim The aim is to be happy fulfilled content empowered etc ANd all that comes form within