When the earth was spinning and swirling around the sun, humans were fighting over if it was flat or not. Reality didn’t care what our beliefs were, it moved along despite us. However the drive towards Elolight forced us into the realm of discovery and lead us to discover a more realistic view of our universe. A common belief across almost all modern day religions is the idea that God is all knowing, and there is no illusion that this characteristic is what scientists are pursuing. The need to know how everything functions is at the root of all science.
As far as we have come, there is still much we do not know. However, to understand function doesn’t necessarily grant the understanding of purpose, but it definitely helps.