Roger I do not agree with your statement
"faith in god works better than science. Most scientists who are any good operate from that bit of knowledge."
Most scientists don't agree with this. There are a few mainstream scientists most notably the director of the human genome project Francis S. Collins who do chose believe in God. Your idea that a postulate in math equals faith I don't agree with either. A postulate is just another word for theory. A theory/ postulate is developed through observations over a long period of time.
for example take one of Euclid's postulates "A line segment can be extended indefinitely along a line." We dont know this for sure. your argument that we are taking on faith that this is true is wrong, because we are using observations to figure it out. we are saying this line segment has exteneded for the last 10 thousand tries along the line so so it most likely will be true for the next ten thousand tries. but maybe eventually we could reach a point on a line that prevents a segment from being extended. The postulate would be proven wrong and replaced.
I would love to get you started on Quantum physics
Science when practiced ethically functions completely without Faith.
Roger don't mistake were I am coming from I don't hate religion. It just isn't for me. I don't think people who believe are morons or crazy. I truly believe we are looking for the same answers just finding them in two different opposite ways. I do not believe I have once said you will come around and realize that I was right all along. It is not my goal to convince you to believe what I do. I am only giving my opinions on how I view the world.
I would appreciate if you treated me with the same respect. I am sure it wasn't your intention to offend me but when you said "as you get older you will find a place in the universe for "faith"." I found that statement very offensive. Many people who claim to be atheist or agnostic are really just angry at their own beliefs in god and rebelling against them. I see lots of people like that, I am not one of them. I have read the Bible, Torah, and several other religious works. I have put lots of time into finding my own spiritual beliefs. I have put more work into figuring out what I believe in than most people would in there entire life. I am not some kid who hasn't experienced enough of the world to really know his beliefs.