“Religious belief is a nice little sentimental belief that gives desperate people meaning and hope, and also terrifies them into submission.”
Wait a second.
Which psychological explanation will you buy into, atheists? You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Are religious doctrines nice or nasty? Do people believe them because they find in them fulfillment and purpose? Or are they fearsome doctrines that instill terror in people so that they all fall in line?