Once again, I'm coming to the discussion late and playing catch-up:
If you completely ignore the cosmological aspects of religion, the social aspects may have value. There is good evidence that people who go to a house of worship live longer. It's possibly similar to the benefits from participating in other ongoing social activities.
More than that, it seems clear that humans, because of our better capacity to intuit meaning to random events, are naturally drawn to spirituality. It turns out that most atheists, though they don't believe in either God or his associated spirits (i.e. souls) still consider themselves to be deeply spiritual.
I'm a good example, despite being an avowed atheist, I really enjoy attending weekly services (I attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation, which offers a LOT of leeway concerning personal beliefs). If you've read many of my stories, they're all about people searching for bigger meanings in their lives, whether it's an advanced alien culture, other dimensional beings or fate, we each want things to work out and for the good guy to win, despite the odds against them.
But then, I'm the son of a minister, and grew up playing under the alter as a child.
Part of my is simply due to ... well, experimentation (and actual success) with non-drug induced out of body experiences when I was younger, followed by serious out of body experiences while undergoing major surgery and having heart failure. So yeah, I died on the table.
There was a government experiment years ago, where the researched gave a group of men LSD. The research was suppressed, mainly because it was illegal in the U.S. to publish any paper concerning a class 1 drug, regardless of it's scientific value, but even after the men were told that their 'religious' experiences were entirely fabricated via the drug, every single one of the men (20 I believe in total) went on to become ministers of one sort or another, include the three who were atheists (and who still are).
Again, many cultures regularly use hallucinogenic drugs for religious purposes, and they also seek out the most 'off the wall' individuals within their communities to 'explain' what their experiences mean (making those with modern 'mental illnesses' respected members of the community who provided links to the gods and the dead).
On the flip side, there's a common joke among UU congregations: "We always have trouble with singing hymns, because we're so busy reading ahead to find which words we don't want to sing." So that's probably more of Darian's problem. It's not so much that he's against searching for 'ultimate' truths, but hearing the common cliches about God just rankle him. They certainly do me.
I'm an agnostic, in the broader sense of "don't know" rather than "unknowable".
When I first met my wife, somehow religion never come up. But during pre-marital counceling, the counselor raised the issue. My then-to-be wife said (afterwards) that "I can't imagine being with someone who doesn't have God in his life". So at that point, I officially switched from being an atheist to an agnostic, but was fine with her, she just didn't like not dealing with God. But since our divorce, when I went full atheist again, she's had trouble with my position (though once again, we don't discuss it much).
Now, since I've already wasted yet another day chasing minor details, I'm going to bow out before I blow any more time.