I've been playing through spore since Friday (DolJuan if your interested) and was wondering what you thought of the religous elements in it.
the most obvious one is the fact that you effectively design your creatures as they "evolve". Also once your creature reach the civilised stage you can conquer your rivals by force by economic muscle or by converting them to your religion.
I mention this because I've already hand friends assume I won't play this as I'm an atheist. As far as I'm concerned the "evolution" is a necessary game mechanic otherwise all you could do is tweak the environment to make certain traits more or less desirable/necessary and the game would be much less hands on.
As for the other religous elements, while it would be nice to see a a diplomacy option it didn't bother me and in fact I used religion to conquer my first world with a slight smirk on my face.
For me it comes down to this, Spore is game and I try not to let games bug me too much, but as this is a gamers discussion I was Pondering if anyone else plays Spore or has any examples where they feel religon has detracted form a game?