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    Off the top of my head, I can't think of a single scientific advancement or discovery that has tended to increase the general population's acceptance of a specific religious explanation for a phenomena. On the other hand, history is rife with the inverse.
    ... This should be no surprise. Religion is not the proper tool for explaining measurable phenomena, just as science is not the tool for characterizing numinous/religious/existential experiences. It has taken centuries of social evolution to begin sorting out the valid realms of science and religion. When religion is the only tool in one's toolbox, except for flint axes and knives, everything looks a lot like a religious problem. By contrast, if one's toolbox includes a "belief" in science that overreaches its realm of validity, one mistakenly believes all of human experience can be fully characterized and shared.

    For all our enormous gain in knowledge across the millennia, 95+% of our species, across education levels, income levels, and cultures, perceives or believes in a deity/First Cause(s)/universal spirit/Creator, whether or not they respond to it with attention, resources, worship, apathy, discomfort, etc. Not "a single scientific advancement or discovery" seems to have changed that.

    Measurable/shared experience and individual/existential experience are two ways that we experience being. Neither is "more right" any more than light-behaving-as-particle is "more right" than light-behaving-as-wave. Both sets of experience together encompass our life experience. My existential experience just happens to include the perception of something I call God, for lack of a better word; yours seemingly does not.

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