I happened to catch this BBC debate the other night from my hotel room in Kuala Lupur. I thought it was quite enlightening and well argued on both sides. I think it is worthwhile to watch it and consider how, if religion has not been entirely a force for good, how it might become so.
See it on YouTube in 8 parts. The actual debate starts here:
It might also be enlightening to read the book, When God Speaks
for Himself. I’ve only read excerpts myself, but look forward to reading the entire text. — t.h.g.