I will laugh on the day both sides are proven wrong....
In all seriousness, I believe the following:
1. Regarding religion:
a. Before complex political and economic institutions were established, religion provided the framework necessary to maintain order and structure.
b. Other institutions have adopted the role for these functions; however, many people still require a moral and ethical framework as justification for correct behavior.
c. Therefore, religion still needs to be in place for people who need it or for people who feel more comfortable without it.
d. If you do not want to believe in it, leave it alone.
2. Regarding science:
a. Through many individuals hard work, many of whom were clergy because clergy were simply better educated than most people at that point in time, we developed an alternative explanation.
b. These explanations, contrary to religion, provided a rational, fact-based alternative for those people who require systems and logic rather than faith and belief.
c. Although we have a great deal of proof for several theories, not the least of which is evolution, we cannot deny that science is a growing, developing field.
d. At the end of the day, many that the theories we now take for granted, may indeed be proven false by science's own development.
So is either system perfect? Far from it. Are they totally incompatible? No, indeed not. Several people believe in both religion and evolution. Some people believe only in religion; others believe only in evolution.
And honestly, who gives a shit? We all need systems, whether they are logically based or faith-based, to understand the world around us. No matter what it's based on for you, as long as you come clear with the world and can function properly within it, who cares?