Penn Jillette makes a point that is new to me:
If every trace of any single religion died out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again.
I agree. But … I think the whole point of faith is the belief that it will turn out exactly the same again … so I’m not sure this argument will appeal to the religious. This is stronger:
If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.
If I can restate in a stronger way: you should view science as true because path dependence doesn’t affect the final outcome, while you should view religion as false if you think path dependence will affect the final outcome.