Saying that science > religion because science gave us scientific tools (e.g. computers) is like saying religion > science because religion gave us religious tools (e.g. prayer).
(they’re both circular arguments)
Science > Religion because science has answered more questions than religion.
So you like big integers, eh? Me too.
I suppose we can make the topic more interesting. We can see which is better based on their performance in various dimensions.
Science wins hands down on truth-value for the third-person, objective world.
I don’t know what it even really means for something to be a first-person, subjective truth, or that it even really matters. That would probably be related to another item down below though.
Science has provided us with tools that have enhanced our lives tremendously. On the other hand, these tools can also destroy us. I’m willing to blame humanity for how we use the tools. But they are absolutely practical: they help us feed, shelter, protect, learn etc.
Religion provides us with social institutions that also provide a practical benefit in social cohesion. We are a social species, so we can’t discount that. However, I see a problem with this which I will discuss below.
Humans do have needs for meaning, belonging and purpose to reach their potential and, generally, to live functional, happy lives. Science doesn’t typically do much for this. Religion does.
However, the problem I see is that there are many alternatives to religion for self-actualization. There are little to no alternatives for science.
My final word is that science is a method. Science actually does provide us with tools. Religion is not a method. It doesn’t provide us with tools in the same manner. There are no standardized “religious tools.” Mostly, religions provide ideologies that serve to frame the world in a particular way. The manner of this frame is independent of any truth-values, practicality or real self-actualization needs because religion has no protocols for what qualifies as religious. Often, the frames also serve just to continue the ideology.