Just wanted to throw in my two cents here:
I was raised a non denominational Christian (been to a variety of churches, never really subscribed to any one flavor), and while I was moderately religious as a kid, I'm now what I like to call "laid-back"
I subscribe to the common sense stuff in the Bible (the rules about not being a dick to people for the hell of it, more or less), and I'm fairly convinced the Bible is historically true, albeit heavily embellished in many parts, not to mention has a somewhat imperfect translation in modern day. As a result, I don't think too hard about the shit I'd need a theology degree to really ruminate on, and while I do believe there is a God, I refuse to be a bible beating jackass about my beliefs.
In fact, I keep my religious practices and beliefs fairly private and try not to ram my beliefs (which are somewhat lapsed anyway) down anyone's throat, and I don't mention them unless someone specifically asks.
That's my personal views.
As for my social/political/historical opinions on religion, I think religion can be and has been a source of good values and a great contributor to art, literature, and music, and has helped many people in times of trouble by giving them something to hold onto. That's the good part.
However, religion has been and still is a source of bad shit like religious zealots (of all faiths) being dicks to other people, to the point of being willing to kill people for not sucking the cock of the invisible man they pray to. It has also left some corners of the world in a highly regressed state socially and politically, and while I don't hate those who would wish to live in a theocracy of any particular religion, I personally feel a theocratic government is the most backward form of government in terms of assuring the equal treatment of people of all races and genders, and I would never wish a theocratic government on anyone.
Ok, I said what I wanted to say, feel free to comment or call me a stupid faggot.
Now, back to the atheists and theists hate fucking each other.