I believe religion requires faith, for an actually follower to believe, therefore using scientific methods to debunk a religion shouldn't change a persons position, if they have faith. Social sciences may be better off under scientific method, because without it a lot of misunderstandings can be made and it is often left up to biases and beliefs of the human mind instead.
No, religion and the social sciences should not be examined using hard scientific methods, because religion is not a matter of science. Religion is a matter of faith. It says in the Bible that "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Religion does not say to rely on science.
Religion and philosophy cannot be examined using hard scientific evidence since they are not comparable. Religion and philosophy cannot be proven wrong or right using the scientific method. Religion is a matter of faith and not science. These two fields will have to remain distinct and separate in the future.
Religion and the social sciences are in a different category from the hard sciences. It would not make sense to try to reconcile religion or philosophy with science. Faith and belief are not something that can be proven with experiments. Both of these fields of study are legitimate, but in different ways.
Hard scientific methods shouldn't be used on religions and social sciences because doing so would make no sense. In reality, religion and the social sciences are based upon different things, and hard science wouldn't bare any fruit in this situation. Such examination is completely unnecessary and might even be wasteful.