The decline of organized religion and debate about such matters in the Western Hemisphere has been co-related to the increase in debates and arguments (again mostly) in the Western Hemisphere on software. Be it the PC vs Mac, the Microsofties vs Open Sourcers, the not so evil Google versus fans of Facebook, considerable activity is now being done by human beings in terms of social interaction on the merit’s and demerit’s of each software bundle. Perhaps for the first time in human history these interactions are being captured digitally on medium (that is hopefully longer lasting than papyrus).
Will this lead to newer branches of psychologists, sociologists (Goodwin’s law is too simplistic but an effort)
Even software as a religion is plausible, all they need is another college drop-put whizkid to find a way to make it effective.
Religion as a software has of course been around for several millennium.
Also see http://goo.gl/smISa