does Buddhism even qualify as a religion?
I think it's more of a way of life...

also, like I said before:
life is a test, and you decide yourself what it is testing, and that, is also part of the test.

Life is different for every person, so there is little use in trying to create a scientific model of how to view it "correctly" or "universally".

The problem with science is that some people do indeed become "scientific cultists", and treat science as "the perfect faith".
IMO science is only tool, that we mortals use to treat ourselves to the universe's delicious bits. I think, that it should only increase our understanding of nature's mechanisms, not some kind of code to live by.