Frank Percival said:
>I appreciated Ross Koning's comments on the need to "talk religion AND
>science in our science classrooms so that students can learn the difference
>between these two fields of inquiry." I teach in an evangelical Christian
>liberal arts college where we view this as a central part of our mission,
>but there is no sense in which this type of discussion has to be limited to
>our type of institution.
Just try and mention anything to do with religion--pro or con or comparative--
in a state-supported university and see what happens. Not a pretty sight.
I'm involved in teaching science at a laaaaarge state-supported university in
the Bible Belt of Texas. Many of the students are deeply religious; many are
not. "Separation of Church and State" looms very, very large and there is a
sort of unspoken 11th commandment--"Thou Shalt Not Discuss Religion". It's
the sort of thing which can get you yelled at, written about, passed over for