Discuss the Balance in Buddhism

Many new faiths echo the founding moments of the more established religions. Compare Buddhism to one of the other, traditional faiths. Try to look beyond rituals to things like the founding moments and figures, the view of human history and the future fate of humanity, and a fundamental understanding of how we are meant to interact with both this world and the unseen. Does religion enhance or hinder the human condition, on balance? Historically religion has done both, but you should take a stand.