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    I would also have to say my faith has a role in my decision making, but as a trained scientist, I recognize that my religion does not answer every question.

    What Ryan and others are missing are part of the fundamental precepts of both Roman Catholic and most mainline Protestant theology - that as part of being created in the image of God humankind was endowed with the ability for rational thought.

    That becomes a great reason for religion to understand that science is not an enemy - but a way of looking at the creation with God-given gifts of thought and reason.  To forget that is to reject the entire enlightenment as a misguided foray into unjust investigation.  But of course the enlightenment was part of the key for the birth of our own country and its constitution and everything else we hold dear about the USA.

    John Calvin was a great proponent of science many hundred years ago - and it was the permission of the Church in Western Europe that allowed science to flourish into modern times.  Ryan seems to forget that - and the fact that his own Roman Catholic church actually is pretty friendly to most science, including those problematic parts such as the Big Bang and natural selection.

    James L. Petigru, SC Unionist: "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum."

    by SC damn yankee on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 09:06:49 AM PDT

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