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If we were to ask whether religion X is the best religion, it seems to me that the probability of that being so would be 1/N, N being the total number of religions. Thus, it would seem to me that we could make the assumption that any specific religion was not optimal, and a good generalization would therefore be that all religions can probably improve.
But what would constitute improvement? As a Humanian, I would use the REUEP to evaluate them. I would ask of a religion whether it fostered joy, contentment, and appreciation (JCA) and reduced pain, suffering, disability, and/or early death (PSDED), and whether there were indeed parts of the religion that actually fostered PSDED.
I know that many are convinced that religions produce much PSDED, and some of those convinced of that would have us get rid of religion. But they overlook, I believe, the enormous JCA that those religions provide, and I, for one, have difficulty throwing away things that have good in them. To me, getting rid of the bad parts and keeping the good parts seems the right way, rather than throwing away the good with the bad.
Bill Van Fleet