It would seem part of the eternal struggle humans engage in, is incorporating scientific thought and principles into the abstract search for meaning. Religion seems to want to battle science on it's terrain and it mostly has no legitimate claim there, i.e. Intelligent Design. The argument it should have is with non-supernatural poetic thinking. I can see where our blessing/curse is to embrace and codify abstract concepts, some people see this 'poetic' impulse in religious/spiritual terms, some not at all. While this duality persists, a balance needs to be struck. I'd settle for mostly scientist with a dash of poetry to leaven the mix. Too long religion has had the game to itself... it has insinuated it's concerns into the fabric of society for thousands of years. Science is still viewed with vague suspicion, particularly in popular fiction, and has not had those advantages, yet it represents our best way forward to true understanding.