In the midst of writing a fantasy novel at the moment. I have the world pretty detailed and crafted. But I always have a reoccuring thing in my mind. Should I put a Religion in? Personally, I'm not religious. Not that I despise religion or anything, but that my parents just never really took me to church or had me read the Bible or anything, so it's just something I don't really care about. Most authors that write Fantasy will put some religion into their books. Whether it's some real-world religion re-hashed a bit with a new title, or creating something new. Some don't put it in at all, such as Tolkein I believe - I never read his books, but it didn't really some like there was much religion in it during the movies, that I can remember. So my question is, do you bother putting a religion? Why do you? Do you think it brings more 'life' to your world? Or do you use it as a critical part of the plot? I'm just curious to what other readers think. I don't think I will ever add in religion. I don't think it's something thats party of the story. And with me being not to religious, I think I would have a hard time writing religious characters, nevertheless creating a whole new religion itself.