The debate over science and religion is, of course, a concocted rather than a real conflict, as the briefest look at the history of science shows. We all know that some extremely devout people -- Da Vinci, Kepler, Newton, Descartes to name a few in the Judeo-Christian tradition, to say nothing of the long history of Islamic science and mathematics -- had pretty powerful scientific minds. We know that these men saw nothing contradictory between their religious beliefs and the investigation of the natural and physical world. We know that striving to understand nature and the universe was, to put it somewhat simply, a means to reading, with increasing accuracy, the mind of god. And, deep down, we know that it's time to leave the pointless argument about science and religion to high-school debating societies. As intellectual issues go, this one's pretty uninteresting.
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