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I think there is an implicit "intellectual evolution" theory in this approach whereby religion is seen as a primitive form of culture/understanding based on superstition rather than science, and that it remains a residual mode where Science has failed to come up with a rational explanation.  

As Science progresses , more and more things become rationally explicable, and the scope for religion is reduced.  It used to be called "God of the Gaps" - i.e. residual religion in niche markets not yet explained by science.

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