During my doctoral studies, I remember reading a scholarly study of 18th century England that made only a few vague references to John Wesley, as if that was the extent of religious activity during that period. Noah Toly notes here that many studies of the contemporary world tend to neglect religion, and if it is mentioned it is portrayed as obstructionist and stagnant. He offers a number of examples that suggest otherwise. Perhaps it would be wise to keep a broader view of the various actors on the world stage. Religion does play an important role, and it's not just negative. Take a read and offer your thoughts.