Religion that does not claim absolute moral authority is just art and philosophy.
To win absolute moral authority religion must make great claims about the world.
Religious claims are routinely debunked by science.
Therefore, science erodes religion.
The god Jhwh was the god of Jews only. Although supposed to have created humanity, Jwhwh's only interest in non-Jewish people was to intimidate and destroy them, in keeping with the Jewish xenophobia and insularity at the time.
Jesus was a low-born, illiterate Hellenistic Jew at a time when Jews were torn between being traditional and looking outward. Jesus never preached outside Jewry, since the Romans never even heard about until he was put on trial. He preached only to Jews about Jewish national affairs, and that is why the story of the Good Samaritan *isn't* a story of 'Love Thy Neighbour'; it's a parable explaining that even gentiles can be kind to Jews, and so Jewish people shouldn't be so insular, and should accept greater Hellenisation.
When the priests denounced Jesus and the Romans executed him, his apostles could no longer persue his faith among Jews, and so they took it to Europe, to propagate among gentiles, but the bible Christians now rely on remains a self-help book about how to be a good, Hellenised Jew amid Roman colonisation.
Consequently, it has nothing to do with modern life, and Christians are reading into ideas that were never meant for them or their circumstances in the first place.
Which is why, in their ignorance, so many Christian Bible readings are brutal, barbaric, inappropriate and bizarre.
Darwinian evolution has been universally supported by biology, genetics, epidemiology, archaeology, geology, botany, anthropology and information engineering.
So it's no longer a theory any more than gravity is -- it's universal, and robust enough to be called a law.
The US' constitution was written humanists -- people who didn't believe revelations about morality. Many of the founding fathers weren't Christian -- some were Deists and atheists. So ideally, the US should now be one of the *least* religious countries in the developed world.
However, the end of the Civil War in the US saw an immediate rise in religiosity as religion was used to try and heal horrible cultural rifts, and restore a national identity. That was when religious slogans like "In God we Trust" began to get stamped on coins, in defiance of the US constitution.
That religiosity took root and began to erode the constitutionally-enshrined separation of church and state. A subsequent disinvestment in secular education (a price of spending decades arming itself and funding NATO and the Cold War) meant that the US has slipped behind Europe in its social, intellectual and moral development.
There are more ATHEISTIC scientists than theistic, and I have evidence to prove it.
I'm not aware of a survey of all scientists, but a survey of highly-awarded scientists has been conducted by the US National Academy of Sciences, and found that theism fell from 28% in 1914 to only 7% in 1998. Atheism was almost universal among psychologists and sociologists, and among the natural sciences, highest among physicists.
So perhaps either smart atheists are drawn to science, or smart scientists abandon religion, or religious belief helps cripple scientific insight.