A letter writer accused atheists of turning science into a religion [“Science, religion and the search for truth,” Sept. 16]. He’s a science museum docent who describes himself as a practicing Anglican, but he displays a surprising disregard for the true nature of science. Unlike religion, science is not a set of beliefs that depend on faith; science is a system for inquiry that demands objective evidence.

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No matter how much confidence one places in the ability of science to ultimately answer the most fundamental questions, one cannot make science into a religion. As soon as the evidence begins to point toward different conclusions, science revises its views. This is something religion doesn’t easily do.

Richard Schloss, East Northport