DOES RELIGION REDUCE SCIENCE LITERACY?

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 A story today on the blog Why Evolution is True:

“Religion reduces science literacy in America”

My Response:
It is true that scientific inquiry and experimentation can disprove literal claims of fundamentalists about historical events or natural processes. But literal fundamentalism is NOT the be-all and end-all of religion. There is spiritual and psychological MEANING in the symbols, allegories, parables and metaphors of religious traditions. When science claims that it has ‘disproved’ the inner meaning of myth and scripture, it is being just as silly as any fundamentalist who takes the story of Balaam’s talking donkey literally.

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Craig Hart says:

Precisely. Both sides often miss the fact there there ARE options to both extremes. It is because that is what is presented: either accept Christianity in its traditional form, i.e. full acceptance, or reject all spiritual concepts in favor of “science.” It is my belief that science can benefit from spirituality (not so much religion) if it could see the possibilities past its nose.