Mark Graves Posted over 3 years ago What is the role of religion in society? I think overall religion has a positive effect on society, for those who use the church simply as a "social club" which generates a community spirit and brings people together, to those perhaps more devout who try to live a "good life" by helping others, showing compassion, peace etc. I think the important thing to remember is the conflict and violence caused by religious extremism is by far outweighed by the good which comes about through the majority of ordinary religious people. This is happening all around us all of the time. Of course good news doesn't sell so this is rarely publicised.