The atheist philosopher Marcello Pera thinks so. So does philosopher Jurgen Habermas. And now, apparently, so does Richard Dawkins.
Dawkins, while still an atheist, has said the decline of Christianity (in the West) has resulted in an increase in amorality and immorality. This is bad. It gives Dawkins great concern.
Christians, and moralists, take note. If Christianity diminishes, our world will be Mad Max in the Thunderdome.
Read "Atheists Sound the Alarm: Decline of Christianity Is Seriously Hurting Society."
Dawkins says ending religion would "give people a license to do really bad things." Of course.
“Whether irrational or not, it does, unfortunately, seem plausible that, if somebody sincerely believes God is watching his every move, he might be more likely to be good. I must say that I hate that idea. I want to believe that humans are better than that. I’d like to believe I’m honest whether anyone is watching or not."
My experience is more than this. When I converted to Christ a desire to please God was inside me. More than doing good because God is watching, I wanted to do good because I loved God. Dawkins seems to have never understood this distinction, or has understood it and finds it unbelievable.
Dawkins is saying he affirmation of God’s existence does benefit society. For example, Dawkins admitted, “It might bring the crime rate down.”