[God: “Go ahead, make my day.”]
I have been staying out of the science and religion mess lately–although I think it’s already known that while I’m personally non-religious, I agree with Nisbet that going head-on at people’s faith probably isn’t a very good strategy if you want to defend the teaching of evolution in the USA.
But in any event, what harm can come from a tiny little post? (Grinning fiendishly.)
So here’s my contribution: I merely wish to point out a good analysis of polling data over at Pew that strongly supports the broad Nisbet perspective. The gist: The American public doesn’t generally perceive a necessary conflict between religion and science; but if you tell them there is such an either-or conflict, guess which one of the binary options they’re gonna choose?
Yeah, that’s right. White-beard-in-the-sky-guy–or some variation thereon.