Is it not inevitable that a heterodox society, wherein lots of different and irreconcilable doctrines about God, world, man, and so forth all propagate freely, will eventually lead to a contest of divers and irreconcilable notions of the proper ordering of society – to heteronomy – resulting eventually either in civil war that establishes orthodoxy, or in the recusal of the formal organs of social enactment (government, academy, press, market) from more and more of the truly important questions of morality and law (accompanied, perhaps, by their ever increasing and ever more relentless focus on unimportant or indeed even meaningless questions – questions, i.e., of pc), so that when it comes to the fundamental questions, society is more and more anomic? In an anomic society, is it really surprising that there should be widespread anomie? For, in such a society, there would be no generally accepted world view under which men could reckon the significance, value, importance, meaning of their humdrum lives, their personal tragedies and acute sacrifices.
If such devolution of heterodox societies is inevitable, then the establishment of religion looks like a no-brainer.
But, maybe it isn’t inevitable. Thoughts?