For many, who profess faith, atheism is a natural consequence of faith being a gift of understanding.
All man can do is clear the obstacles to understanding.
The Church's response to the Reformation was the Counter-Reformation. Technically, the Counter-Reformation ended with the Second Vatican Council. But people are rotten, and stubborn.
So it comes down to Market share. The red herring of Saint worship, etc is a counter to equally vile attacks by the Church, in days gone by.
Being misguided is often easier and can be emotionally satisfying, but I agree.
Statism is the religion of the Adversary!
On this thread, true and useful debate has prospered for the most part. I like to read what others think, I am a fool, but not foolish enough to think that I know-it-all.
But, one can only go as far as their understanding takes them. The principles of liberty and tolerance present new possibilities in the history of mankind.
Free includes debt-free!