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Tue Feb 24, 2015, 11:16 AM

6. You didn't read it, did you? Here, I'll grab my highlighter.

 

I'm hoping that you'll get my point.

But a closer look at the segment reveals that Tyson and company may have in fact divised a far more effective way of disarming the science-v.-religion debate by venturing into what religious scholars sometimes classify as “public theology.” Others have rightly noted that the [div style="display:inline; background-color:#FFFF66;"]core message of the Bruno narrative isn’t that God doesn’t exist, but rather “your God is too small.”
The “your” here is directed not at believers at large, but instead implicitly pointed at the small minority of conservative Christians who continue to doggedly insist that science is somehow incompatible with religion.

And make no mistake, they are a minority. Although it receives less airtime than fundamentalist theological strains, scientifically-informed theology is norm — not the exception — among modern American Christians. For every conservative pundit or elected official who tries to use the Bible to deny climate change, polls show that there are millions more religious Americans (read: the majority of almost every faith major faith tradition) who agree that the recent string of natural disasters were the result of climate change. In fact, a recent study conducted by Rice University found that not only do roughly half of American [div style="display:inline; background-color:#FFFF66;"]evangelicals believe that “science and religion can work together and support one another,” but that evangelical scientists actually practice their religion more than evangelical Protestants in the general population.


My point is simple:
Enlightened evangelicals can embrace conflicting ideas openly and objectively.
Enlightened scientists do the same thing. Every day. As a matter of practice.

It's the closed minded nasty evangelicals, bad scientists, and the very unimaginative among us who hold rigid "my way or highway" points of view.
Sucks to be them.

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