"'Religion' means faith in the supernatural, does it not?
Most Orcans, like most Aeneans everywhere, do have that kind of
faith. They maintain a God exists, and observe different
ceremonies and injunctions on that account. If they have any
sophistication, however, they admit their belief is
nonscientific. It is not subject to empirical confirmation or
disconfirmation, Miracles may have happened through divine
intervention; but a miracle, by definition, involves a suspension
of natural law hence cannot be experimentally repeated. Aye, its
historical trugh or falsity can be indirectly investigated. But
the confirmation of an event proves nothing, since it
could be explained away scientifically. For example, if
we could show that there was in fact a Jesus Christ who did in
fact rise from his tomb, he may have been in a coma, not dead.
Likewise, disconfirmation proves nothing. For example, if it
turns out that a given saint never lived, that merely shows
people were naïve, not that the basic creed is wrong."
-- Commander Yakow, in The Day of Their Return by Poul
Anderson (1973, Nelson Doubleday, New York)