Which leads me back to my earlier views. Religion and Science are separate entities. They can be combined, imperfectly, of course (I could be a religious but still be a scientist if I follow its methods, and a scientist could study SOME aspects of religion such as the neuroscience on a biological level).<quoted text>
Makes sense. It's pretty much what I've been saying all along. And to his list of religious words, I would add worship, divine, spiritual, and probably a few more I can't think of right now.
But they go off in different directions to address different questions. Science offers (and proves with the aid of a vocabulary) explanations as to "how", while religion offers a vocabulary to describe perceptions that by definition are difficult to describe scientifically, and to address questions such as purpose, which are too squishy to be operationalized by science.