I was sitting here at my desk, engaged in a deep and interesting discussion about the nature of religion on #lugradio when I had an epiphany. Science and religion at their core are really not that much different. Both are about the search for "The Truth". Both are based on observing your surroundings and then postulating a theory as to why things are.
The "need to know" is buried deep within the human psyche. We as a species have this overwhelming need to order the universe around us. Whether we do this via scientific method, or via religious teachings, it's all driven by that same desire "to know".
Given the ancient roots of many religions, I could go so far as to say that religion is Science Mk 1. Using the knowledge and tools they had to hand at the time, people observed and built theories about the world around them. These theories then evolved into Pantheons of Gods and spirits. Scientific method is the next step. A refinement of that "need to know" urge if you will.
Now before anyone get's huffy, I'm not trying to get into an argument over which is the better way. I have my own personal beliefs and you dear reader no doubt have your own. It's just an interesting thought to imagine what the next stage in the refinement of that "need to know" urge might bring the world.