On your first point, I totally agree but, since the whole power and control structure hinges on some kind of prehistoric version of Pokemon, surely it should have totally evaporated by now.
The church no longer has the military clout to just say "fuck you, we aint proving nuthin, believe or die" All they got is circular logic which was disproven years ago. I can see the leaders not wanting to give it up but what I don't get is the followers insisting we respect their right to get fleeced.
On the second point, it makes a lot of sense in the context of the church originally saying "Fuck yeah, lets use science - it'll prove god"
Of course what ended up happening was science proceeded to debunk most of it.
Maybe this is just a minor point but maybe not. That should probably read
"Fuck yeah, lets use science - it'll Magnify god"; like Roger said the other day proof has never been part of the equation. Just a thought.