Richard Carrier gives a talk on the differences of Religion and Science, their inherent history and applications by humanity.
I think he introduced some interesting thoughts.
Finklstein I don't have time to watch it right now.It's a good post I'll bet.
My personal observation is that religion is learning how to toe the party line like a politician does and science is all about learning how things work. There has been lots of science that goes unreported because the real joy that scientists discover is the joy of finding things out. I am thinking about Fermat's last theorem here.
If you look back at the history of religion it had its appreciative value to control the behavior of a set society within their own social environment but it also hindered in investigation to know about the world we live in and of are selves.
It was also a exploited tool to support the wants and desires of men who many times infringed on the weaker members of that society namely woman and children or people who weren't in worship of the same god(s).
The mythological beliefs of the ancient god Yahweh is still observed in various ways. Surprisingly people are still willing to wager themselves upon those beliefs, which were originally expressed thousands of years ago and certain religious organization have been structured to exploit people's fears, ignorance and superstitions to create a spiritual channel to that ancient inspired god .