While I am well aware that this is a live and complicated question that many people have spent much of their lives studying, I would still like to give it a passing strike, since it has just gotten ridiculous. And note that this post is not about being inspired to do things, it is solely about what you can learn by employing religion.
It is often said that science can describe what something is or how it works, but not why it is there, or why it was made. This strange line of questioning is then claimed by the side making such silly objections. ie religion. Now why do religious folk think they can get away with that? Make up erroneous questions and then claim to be the complete answer.
Okay now not to diminish how silly the questions often are, but let’s just say they were legitimate questions. Now why in the flipping hell would we think religion, any religion, would be what we would look toward for answers for anything? Religion, at its core, presupposes outcomes and sources of those outcomes. In most cases, magic or some variant, and god respectfully. This notion is antithetical to any method of understanding any aspect of the world. To presuppose an outcome, and its source, is to automatically bias oneself from the onset. This can often lead to misunderstandings, and skewed use of information.
Whenever people try to figure anything out using religion they are nearly always wrong. And even when they are right, it is such an obvious fact that the idea it had to be ordained from a god is an insult to humans (looking at you, oh the earth had a curve to it). Nowhere in virtually any scripture do we see anything morally or factually substantial, while what we do see is the morals of primitive violent people, and inaccurate ramblings about the natural world. Religion may be a fascinating incite to our crazy past, but it has not shown itself to be an answer for anything.
So this is a question to my atheist friends this time, why do we let theists get away with the idea that religion can really answer anything, let alone big complicated questions? Especially when secular means have unanimously been seen to do a much better job? Why give up that inch?