If it's crap ... We'll tell you
It seems at least to me, that this is usually what happens. and its not even vary clearly justified. It usually seems to come up whenever A. someone has something to be gained, usually economic, or B. Someone is on some kind of false high-horse that represents their own insecurities. It seems that many people actually embrace, science & religion as two different domains of the human condition.
Religion is a set of metaphysical beliefs about the world. Science has is a set of accepted beliefs about physical phenomena. They both different methods of justification, and at the end of the day, they both have things they can't justify.
The problem is Science is on the spectrum of knowledge, and finding things by evidence. Religion and theism usually falls on the spectrum of belief, and has NO evidential support. What tends to happen is that some scientific studies and evidence tend to clash over what some religious ideals and beliefs explicitly say happened in another fashion, or say is wrong. For some people, they take their beliefs VERY seriously, even though there is no real solid foundation to back it up. That being said, Science was never made to compete with religion as an ideal to follow to live life. It has no moral foundation. It is merely a systematic study of understanding the way things work.
Personally, I don't mind if a person is religious, as long as it's something he can use without harming others or himself, or pushing said beliefs on other people without mutuality. I also don't mind if someone is an Atheist, either, as long as THEY ALSO don't push their beliefs on other people. People are different, and the way they comprehend and see things will differ as well. Some people have minds that easily accept supernatural events without logically trying to look into and explain it, while others are the opposite. I'm on the latter end, and don't quite see eye to eye with most religions, but I don't hate them. I get that most people use it for good, or sparingly. They tend to overlook the absolutely crazy parts of the scripture they follow, which leads me to believe they don't fully believe what they follow, and tend to follow their own moral code of modern times, despite what most will tell you.
Either way, you aren't alone in considering this, just so you know.
wow this is actually very candid and you've increased my understanding. When it comes to supernatural events, i don't know if they occur, if they did, there would be no way to apply the scientific method.
actually under further thinking about it, i think that most people fundamentally have beliefs that can't be justified using logic. not that this is a problem, but its interesting.
Religion and science have good and bad side
In my experience, the people who I see arguing science over theology are already obnoxious assholes. It's not so much what they believe or hold to be true but they were obnoxious assholes already: one believes he's smarter regurgitating facts to others without really digesting them and the other one thinks he's wiser spouting verses and scripture without having really found his own meaning from them.
People can think whatever they want and it's not a problem; it's only a problem when it's being forced onto others.
Hey, I talk about science and religion all the time...
Well, I wasn't talking about you. I was talking more about the people that side with one over another without a broad understanding of other field.
To your credit, you keep in mind what both have been able to do; good and ill. I've not read a post once from you where you said "religion is bad" because you've got a broader understanding than the people the original poster implies. This broad understanding gives you something a lot of people seem to lack: perspective.
But back to point, I think that anyone saying "religion is bad" is just as ignorant a statement as saying science is the work of the devil.
since this is what religion promotes, r u saying that religious people are this way? it would seem to me that you would have to make judgments based on people especially since i've yet to see a religion of one.