I like to think of myself as an informed atheist. By that I mean I don't merely dismiss religion out of hand, but rather I examine the world around me, the various religious texts and so on and arrive at my atheism through a process of deduction and reasoning. I don't blindly condemn those who hold faith as somehow deficient or inherently evil. People who hold faith are no different in my eyes than those who don't.
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.