The following was one of the replies that I sent in a mail discussion with my friends this evening. Have fun!
Science and Philosophy have never been contradictory. Theology especially abrahamic ones clash with Science. Ramar Sethu clashes with Science. Hindu philosophy doesn't.
Irrespective of how infinitesimal your point of analysis is, you'll have to come to some conclusion at some point. My guess is you are more likely to become an atheist or possibly remain agnostic all your life. Theism i.e. belief, mostly comes from social pressures or personal miraculous experiences. When someone claims the later, he is a goner in my opinion!
Looking at physics is one way of analyzing 'Creation' to figure if there is anything supernatural to it. But please be aware that the most famous physicist of our times, Einstein believed in God. He famously said "I want to know God's thoughts. The rest are all details." So Einstein said Physics is a secondary detail when compared to Philosophy/Theology.
But I personally think Einstein was a fraud when it comes to GOD. He was a Jew and a great supporter of the Zionist movement (Israel - Holy Land). To appear politically correct, he may have fooled himself to believe in God. Besides his religion (Judaism) has absolutely moronic beliefs like 'God created earth 6000 years ago'. (Thats called creationism.)
I don't think Vivekananda would have called himself a Monotheist. Brahmanical religion (Hindusim), since it derives heavily from a 'misreading' of the Upanishads, appears to be monotheistic. Its actually Monism. But such western definitions are never suitable for Hindu Philosophy. Better to avoid them.
However, there is no need to belittle western thought and experiments with Philosophy. The mayans, incas, egyptians etc would have also acquired some understanding of GOD and philosophy. But since their religion/race/language etc were destroyed, the world may have lost that knowledge. We in India are merely fortunate that we can delve deep into our ancient scriptures.
Self realization - ah, this is the crux of my next blog post to prove Sankara/Krishna as atheists. So I won't reveal it here! But I can say Hindu philosophy has tried both the top down (world view) and the bottom up (self) approaches.
ok. On reading more about Einstein, he seems to have played a jugglery with words to hide his belief. He later in life seems to have claimed to not believe in a Personal God but thinks God (as in Brahman) may have designed the world. I still think he was a fraud.