Social cognition is the “encoding, storage, retrieval and processing of information in the Brain. The experiments regarding the beliefs systems indicate that religion is a product of the brain that evolved to help humans cope with the little understood environment. Fear of the unknown was a powerful survival instinct. We also have an innate sense of morality as found in studies (Just Babies: the origin of good and evil by Paul Bloom) that babies who do are to young to have been indoctrinated by religion have a sense of right and wrong, an interesting read. That brings into question the assertion that we need religion to be moral. An interesting quote I ran into (I wish I could remember the source) was:
Morality is what is right in spite of what we are told.
Religious Morality is doing what we are told regardless whether it is right.
I leave you with one more “bon mot”: It takes religion to make good people do bad things! That sums up very well, doesn’t it?