The very form of the adjective "scientific" might give pause to those who would force the word to cover such topics as the skill of boxer, or a knowledge of the theory and practice of the sacraments.
What exactly does "form" mean here?
I read through the exchange generated by this post and feel bound to comment. Taka, just because you see something written or hear something said in English (or in any language for that matter), it doesnt follow that it is coherent and meaningful. Although I agree with the sentiments expressed in the paragraph from which you obtained the sentence, and feel that for the most part it is quite well written, I feel that this sentence is very poor, and in particular the part to which you refer. In it there has been an erroneous use of the word "form" simply because the writer couldn't think of a clear way to express him/herself.
If native speakers on this forum can't make head or tail of it, then maybe you should start to suspect the integrity of the language itself rather than the people who are having trouble with it.
Perhaps the writer was trying to say something like "a careful analysis of the dictionary meaning of the word "scientific" might give pause to those who would make use of the word when describing such topics as...etc."