Yes. What skepticus was alluding to is the Argument to Authority that religions rely on and making the analogy that science is the same.Originally Posted by Ginger Rogers
Where it breaks down however, is in the relevance of such authority. The major and crucial difference is that the authority of religion cannot be tested. If something is the word of God then thats it end of story.
With science however, the claims that we accept on authority can, potentially, be tested. In fact for science to be accepted it has to stand up to skeptical scrutiny; therefore science can back up its claims.
So, the quick laymans terms answer is that yes we do accept science on authority much of the time, but we have good reasons for doing so. Science is an evidence-based method - religion relies on dogma.
We have faith in religion but we can trust in science.