|"Back of Hand Map", digital collage by Tim Holmes|
Meanwhile, religion would be carried out in a generally universal way across the globe for the benefit of all. New revelations would be published and instantly accessed by priests and nuns across the globe. One particularly powerful prayer would be shared by all everywhere. Conferences and journals would flourish. Pastors Without Borders would rush to trouble areas to care for the victims of every catastrophe regardless of identity or orientation of the victim. Care of the soul would be universally available for free to every person in most every developed nation (and, in the US, for those who could afford it).
I have to say that as much as I think faith enlarges life, when I see ludicrous religious wars I wonder if a sudden disappearance of religion from the earth wouldn't be a great boon to humanity. Of course this will never, the best we can hope for perhaps is a broader education in the structure and meaning of those complexities so that we all can more broadly recognize the differences between 21st and 15th century religion–like medicine– and thus be able to discourse about those issues with dispassionate intelligence and an open heart.