I came across a story about an American missionary (Daniel Everett) who went in to "save" the Amazonian Piraha people and came out the other side deconverted. His problem was that he had no pre-existing superstitious framework on which to hang his new set of beliefs. These people didn't even have a word for God, or creation myth. Over the course of living with the tribe, he ended up realising that they were happy, and that they really didn't want, or need the Christian salvation message. However, they weren't hostile to him in this respect. They rejected his beliefs, but accepted him. His book is called "Don't Sleep, there are snakes".
Some questions for debate:
1. Is superstition and religion necessarily a human genetic/behavioural predisposition? Motivate.
2. Is "chaos" [rampant socially destructive behaviour] the necessary outcome of a society without a god?
3. Following from this, what can be said of ethics, social benefit and individual happiness without a religiously inspired set of social norms?
4. On what grounds would a hypothetical Christian God judge the tribe posthumously, and what would his verdict most likely be?