Hi, thanks for responding.
First, I don’t plan to ‘dethrone science’. No one can admittedly live without the adhering to the authority of science - at least not I. Plus, I’m not one bit religious. I’ve studied science and still am now. There’s a big difference in admitting science has a sociology behind it and saying science is hogwash belief.
Next, there are structural differences between belief in spirits, deities and God etc., and scientific belief. No one doubts that. Philosophers and historians have been attempting to identify said structural difference. Popper, Carnap, and even Kuhn, for instance, tried to demarcate science from pseudoscience. I don’t think Eric Is saying religious faith and scientific knowledge are identical. But there’s some need to adhere to an authority in both fields.
Third, one need not only pull out the Kuhn-card. The ‘historians’ I mentioned also includes Foucault, Horkheimer, and even philosophers of science like Duhem (who argued for scientific holism).
Finally, as for your (or Kuhn’s) claim that paradigm shifts will end one day, I can’t argue for or against that. But you have to admit that takes some belief and optimism, saying science will reach a panacea one day.
Hopes this clarifies. Thanks!