As an academic — and one who has studied some religion and science, but nothing that remotely qualifies me as an authority, I always urge students to take a critical approach to the topic of religion and science. I respect people of faith who use it as their guide to promote good. I realize people have their faith because it is the element of one’s self cosmos which allows them to understand the unknown. Those of faith must also realize that we live in a very pluralistic world in which there are countless beliefs about creation. And, there are those who hold to a more evolutionary origin. In the end, our focus should not be centered on converting believers into non believers and non believers into believers;the focus should be centered on engagement: How might the world’s many beliefs be used to promote a greater sense of order? Hence, members of both sides can be critical thinkers in using their constitutional self as a measure of further engaging questions about universal discovery. Both Newton and Galileo believed in the relationship between science and religion. Hence, the rise of modern science in the age of modernity and critical thought started with them. Their research and scientific inquiry promoted a new fashion of thought. Hence, the rise of theism, deism, and eventually atheism once society reached the age of Darwin in a post Baron d’Holbach age of determinism.
What I most enjoyed about the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate was a small sense of said order. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to watch it. They were civil. And in being civil, created a forum in which all people might engage in a dialogue without the temperament.