The role of religion in the modern world is anything but futile. Try telling someone who gave up liquor for the ministry that their conversion was useless. Or a mother who just lost her newborn baby that it is now a dead pile of bones that she will never see again. Religion may be corruptible and even dehumanizing at times, but it will always be a force that moves people to have experiences unrivaled by anything else in the world. At its best, it has the capacity to transform murderers into prophets, slave owners into abolitionists, cynics into poets, and infants into angels.