Religion has always been a route to ecstatic experience. Drugs are another, and in mind, inferior, route to the same gaol. Sex can be a route as well, which is why it is incorporated into many ancient and mystery/occult religions. Mainstream suburban Christianity has forgotten about ecstatic experience -- that's why it's so dishwater dull. People are flocking to religions that still offer that ecstasis. Paganism offers it; Pentacostalism offers it; traditional inner-city black churches offer it; even pre-Vatican II Catholicism offered it to some extent. Without ecstasis, the ecstatic experience, religion becomes simply a community glue.