You speak in a lot of absolutes, as most atheists do. But the one thing that I have found is that science has always, and will always, fail. I say this because science has had so many theories that definitely were absolutely true that were definitely absolutely not true that I just wait for the next definite absolute to fail. Even the great Hawking got his ass handed to him by Susskind with his definitely absolute information loss theory.
What you call failure a scientific person - whether atheist or religious - would call success. Hard-won glory.
The entire point of science as a philosophy is to get beaten down into being humble in your beliefs, and to always defer to the harsh impact with reality; because you are only a pile of barely self-aware neurons, and your cherished theories are nothing but your crude best shot at predicting the behavior of an immensely complex universe. Spend forty years working out the properties of the luminiferous aether, then one day two buckeyes play a bit with half-silvered mirrors and it's all proven obsolete. And you have no excuse, no comforting lie: it's your duty
to the world to let go of your beliefs in favor of the ones that better survive contact with reality. (And it's hard, very hard. Einstein had discovered a lot of mind-blowing laws of nature himself, but when confronted with the troubling evidence for a fundamental randomness of the universe he reeled, and said 'God does not play dice', though he could offer no reason for that other than his own wishes.)
Why is this such a critically important effort? Because it is the exact opposite of what the weak human heart pushes you to do.
The weak human heart wants you to adopt an idea, grow attached to it, make it the flag in which you wrap yourself, and then deliberately twist all that you know about reality to suit it; ignoring what doesn't support your idea and exalting that which does. Politics is one of the most obvious examples of this failure - how many times have you seen a Republican and a Democrat (ordinary voters, not candidates) learn the exact same facts and always
see it as evidence for the rightness of their own ideas, and never
against it? Or hey, look at how goony feminists can take absolutely anything as evidence for "the patriarchy" and the evilness of cis white men. They don't care about understanding reality
, they only care about protecting their feelings
and their self-worth.
Once you start to be wary
of beliefs, of how they tend to plant roots in your mind and become important
to you (instead of merely tools, which is what they are, to be discarded as soon as better tools exist)... religious beliefs start to look seriously
untrustworthy. Because - in the same way as political beliefs but with much greater strength - they make you grow invested in them, they demand to become the lens through which you interpret reality, and worst of all, they offer you comfort
. Whenever the universe appears cold and monstrous and uncaring, whenever all it offers are typhoons and an early death and the unstoppable march of entropy... religion offers you a simple meaning, a human-shaped
purpose to your life. Do good whenever you can, care for your fellow man, don't be an asshole, and in the end everything will be all right.
And isn't it so marvelously convenient?
Isn't it exactly what we wanted to see?
If you've already seen and understood the thousands of ways in which men deceive themselves, hiding their eyes behind all sorts of blatantly (to everyone else) false flags such as "Communism is the way!"
or "My family is in the right, it was the McCoys who started it!"
or "My husband loves me, he only beats me because he loves me!"
or "I didn't screw up, it wasn't my fault, I just had bad luck!"
... shouldn't you start making it a habit, just in case, of checking that there isn't a flag in front of your
eyes too? Shouldn't you start to ask yourself "would I still feel God's presence, if I did not have a need
to feel Him?"