In a message dated 9/25/2006 10:18:54 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Very true, on both counts. The current
Administration seems to too often discount real science (ex.,
global warming). Religious Right / fundamentalists *do* try to
foist their religious, literal biblical translations into science classes
(through calling for the teaching of "creationism" or "intelligent
Spirituality can enhance science, and vice versa.
And while I appreciate Thomas Berry, I wouldn't call him "mainstream" in terms
of religious thought on caring for the Earth. There are,
however, many mainstream groups out there, and a wealth of
eco-theological information, that has arisen since the early 1990's.
Best ones I know of are:
Mainstream religious concern for the
environment is not a new phenomenon ... just one not often noticed, when
the Religious Right gets most of the public / media
And, finally - on the question of teaching
evolution in public schools, see "The Clergy Letter Project" ... an open
letter signed by over 10,000 clergy nationwide, in support of the teaching of
evolution, along with a collection of sermons, etc in support of holding
science and religion together, but not teaching religion *as* science. A
number of Michigan clergy are signatories.