Keep in mind a religion is a cause, principle, or system of belief held with ardor and faith, as defined by Merriam-Webster. All of you are clearly very religious people, though maybe not worshipers of any god. The term religion is usually in reference to something supernatural, but is not required to be.
I recommend reading from this page on to understand that the two are not at all at odds, that science in fact supports a creationist worldview.
I'm sorry that this doesn't answer the three questions posed, but it gets at the underlying cause.
I'll say up front that I am a Christian(that's the part where many will scoff or giggle). Let me ask this, just what scientific evidence there is that negates say, a creationist viewpoint?
I mean, as a Christian I see that the universe was created, that life was created, and that this had to be done by God(at the very least, the invisible pink unicorn, but something beyond the natural realm).
I'll go ahead and pose my argument:
We know BECAUSE of science that the universe exploded into everything from nothing(The General Theory of Relativity, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, the presence of 'great galaxy seeds' and cosmic background radiation all point to this). The Law of Causality(upon which all science is based) tells us that this is an effect and needs a cause.
What caused the big bang?
Well it has to be something outside of the natural world as the natural world did not yet exist. That makes the cause - by definition - supernatural.
Therefore, that cause is in some shape or form, what one might call God. God, being supernatural in nature, is not subject to the laws of the natural world(universe) that He created. Outside of this universe, there is no space, no time. These are characteristics of our universe and are the boundaries, in a way.
As a supernatural being, he is outside of time, and is therefore infinite, meaning he needs no cause to exist.
In addition, this God has to be conscious, able to make choices. Otherwise He would not have created the universe.
I'll stop there as I'm sure there are enough rebuttals to be made to this alone. But I ask that any rebuttal be made using scientific or philosophic evidences or principals.