This short article may be of interest to this community. It was written by a cognitive science professor and practicing buddhist, who believes that a new scientifically oriented form of spirituality is emerging. A kind of 'secular spirituality', if that phrase can exist without tearing itself apart.
I particularly appreciate the emphasis he places on the real functions that religion has played, and continues to play in our lives. Those who aspire to eliminate it seldom recognize the complex and multi-faced role it has played throughout human history. Further, they haven't even begun to think about the enormity of the task of coming up with something better!