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- The fundamentalists believe that there is a book containing the words of God - the truth of those words are not subject to dispute. + Science has respect for the great scientists of the past, but no "Bible of Gravity" and no indubitable truths written on the forehead of God. - The fundamentalists will not tollerate disagreement within the ranks. + Science thrives in disagreement - Religions all through history have attempted to kill disagreement by killing or silencing the disagreers. + Science institutionalizes disagreement as valuable, and "status quo" - The fundamentalists "explain" things with "God makes it so. Any further questioning is probing the secret mind of God." + Science lays its theories out for all to examine. Further questioning is encouraged. - The fundamentalists hide their "evidence" behind "revealed by God", + Science uses publicly available evidence. - For fundamentalists, the point is to gain converts, collect souls. - For science, the point is to learn. - The fundamentalists view their role in terms of the "armies of righteousness vs. the armies of evil". Evolution vs. creationism is a MORAL dispute, not a scientific one. - Scientists view their role in terms of a community of enquiring, rational minds. Given the above, it should not be surprising that they mis-quote, mis-represent, quote out of context, attack theories they do not understand, don't recognize or acknowledge errors they've made, cite data without references, and so on. Such trivial details as intellectual honesty is not important to them - counting members of the "congregation" is. It strikes me that the creationists have no respect for science, and no interest in scientific method. What they want is the respect and athority that science has. But they do not understand that science EARNED that respect.

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