Modern science requires conversion, has priests, espouses a strict system of doctrine, and, most importantly, requires the steadfast faith of its adherents. Modern science is very much like religion.
What a load! Science is simply a method of trying to figure out truth:
Scientific method refers to the body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. It is based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.
No faith. No doctrine. Just because people who accept the results of a well-researched and executed study without having done the research themselves, does not mean they accept it on faith. There is a world of difference between the anti-reason called faith, and testable, repeatable experiments and theories generated by science.
Religious folks have pretended to be historians, scientists, and more in their desperate attempt to claim the legitimacy of the scientific approach without any of the rigor. Its become fashionable to fight a rear-guard action by instead claiming the scientific approach is hogwash without a trace of (well earned) irony.
The argument often makes an appearance when secularists argue for the separation of Church and State, in the form of “Science is a religion too!”. Well no, it is not. Stop playing make believe.