Very interesting read with a lovely infographic to illustrate the conflict or lack thereof between various people with various belief systems in the US and their scientific counterparts.
So is there a conflict between science and religion? The religious organizations representing most Americans clearly don’t think so. Interestingly, the science organizations representing most American scientists don’t think so either: For example, the American Association for the Advancement of Science states that science and religion “live together quite comfortably, including in the minds of many scientists.” This shows that the main divide in the U.S. origins debate isn’t between science and religion, but between a small fundamentalist minority and mainstream religious communities who embrace science.
I’ve never thought the two had to be mutually exclusive, nor that belief in a higher power detracts from appreciation of science and the pursuit of knowledge. Dogma is really the only barrier there, which often has very little to do with actual faith.
Now if only I could convince my militantly atheist aunt that spirituality isn’t a mark of being a paleolithic moron…