A fundamental difference between religious faith and science pertains to hope. Underlying religious faith is the belief that God knows everything and controls everything. In any religion, human capacity is at best subservient to God’s will. This is a sorry state to be in for any human. Religious faith takes away any hope of advancing one’s own understanding of the world. It takes away purpose from our lives. God is hopelessness and purposelessness deified.
Science, on the other hand, is squarely aimed at furthering our understanding of the world. It is eternally hopeful of advancing our knowledge using our very own resources. Science is the courage to stare the world in its face and ask serious questions. Science gives hope and purpose to our lives.
Religious faith is untenable when we are truly and nontrivially hopeful. I’ll take science anyday for hopeless religion.