Originally Posted by Baby Lee
I thought it was a little more conciliatory than that. First off, Walter going off was about a single arcane [if sensationalized in entertainment] aspect of one religion [exorcism perhaps being misdignosed transferrence of the energy of the dying for those who didn't watch]. Then Walter admitting that in the end he has any number things he has to take on faith as well at the end.
Maybe it was just me, but I detected a bit of cool professional cynicism behind it. What struck me was the fact that they didn't really bother defending a religious point of view at any point, other than Walter's admittance that "faith" isn't solely restricted to religion. Yet science still saved the day. Dunham and Walter both were in positions where people of faith were involving them in their religion (Dunham in front of the church, Walter being told "May God be with you" or whatever), and they accepted it with a sly smile instead of emotionally shunning it. They stressed the point of the Mom giving up on religion and "choosing" science for her daughter because religion had shown no results. And made a point of doing it right in front of her priest, who offered no defense. The idea of the "soul" was explained completely void of any religious connotation.
I thought it was cleverly respectful, yet clearly and intentionally biased.