Yeah, I too came to a tipping point where I just let go of the faith, just couldn't continue in a position which I perceived lacked integrity and honesty. Agree about the science and nature programs; did you watch the remake of Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson? Really good stuff.
I think so, yes I feel deeply for others who have experienced it. I'm the lucky one, I found freedom but I am painfully aware it's not like that for everyone. It may not make a dramatic difference but if your loved one can make it through the day with less pain, it has been worth it.