The suggestion (claim?) to which I responded was 1)Religion debilitates knowledge,<quoted text>
Ahh, but of course I have to beg to disagree.
In recent history you only have to look at the Scopes Trial and today's heated controversy of TOE vs ID to get an idea of the situation. In my lifetime the RCC has "pardoned" Gallileo....only 500 years too late.
I am not sure that you quite understand the difference between astrology and astronomy or alchemy and chemistry.
Also, have you checked out the more recent studies? Nearly half of all scientists in the 2009 Pew Research Center poll (48%) say they have no religious affiliation, compared with only 17% of the public. This does not mean that 52% of scientists have a religious affiliation, there are the usual fence sitters and some more deistic beliefs in some sort of higher power, not the personal god of the bible.
But you say my assumptions do not support the "facts". By all means, present your facts;0)
P.S., did these early scientists from the heart of the Christian West make their progress because of their religion or were they scientists who happened to be Christians??? No disrespect to Whitehead, but there is a VAST difference, you know.
Looking forward to your reply.
I asked for proof of this claim and suggested that proof to the contrary exists with a number of (even prominent) Christians actively participate in science (that is a fact, as you admit see below).
2) it's very nature is to not question and accept answers from others on faith.
The aspect that religion is supposed to be contrary to investigation and based on (blind?) faith is also refuted by the very fact that Christians actively participate in science. You yourself provide further support for my argument by acknowledging that there are scientists that claim some form of religious affiliation.
In the case of Christianity at least, you should somehow make a distinction between the convictions that people hold and what the Bible actually states. In both the points above, the Bible does not oppose science. To the contrary, people are encouraged to believe with their "minds" as well.(Mat 22:37 And Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.")