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I Fought God and, God Won

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyAug 30, 2007 11:41 PM

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[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.

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