But there are times when the rules of a specific religion allow it to overlap a claim made by science which is contradictory to the religious view. If a religion has a prescription that does so, it can be bad medicine.
Originally Posted by Ken G
Agreed, but you were referring to all religion not just arbitrary ones.
I can believe, if it is my religion to do so, that all of science is an illusion created by a supreme being to test my faith.
But one of the intrisic rules of most religion is that it must be plausible. Religion does not consider itself equivalent to fantasy and imaginations no matter how they are structured for useful purposes.
The only real problem appears when beliefs are used as replacements for knowledge in practical areas (like bridge building), or when beliefs are forcibly imposed on others who feel differently. If geocentrists want to believe that the Earth is at the center, the science can certainly be tweaked to accomodate that belief. It's just that one doesn't "tweak" science if one is doing science-- it has its own rules.
This is why the "father of science", Galileo, got into so much trouble. Religion considers science a great subset of rules but subject to the greater set which they hold and help administer and understand.
We know time flies, we just can't see its wings.