Dear Matt Walsh, you’re making me feel sorry for St. Augustine, again. That poor man has done so much spinning in his grave over the centuries that he’s probably worn down to a nub by now. I’d be a lot more sympathetic to your main point – that Christianity has done a lot for the development of science – if you argued it with the help of logic and a decent knowledge of history, both of which are rather important to science.

I can’t help but notice, for instance, that among your multiple lists of great scientists who were also Christians you conspicuously omit Darwin and his buddy Huxley. They weren’t trying to kick God out of his place in the universe: they, like any other scientist of faith, were trying to better understand what they saw as the wonders of His Creation. And you can’t just say that Christianity is a proponent of astronomy and other sciences but renounces evolution. Last I heard, that six-day story of creation in Genesis didn’t exactly get all other sciences completely right either. You also can’t imply that all Christians reject evolution. (Well, clearly you can, because you just did. But you can’t imply it and be accurate.) Plenty of people find no contradiction between accepting Jesus as their savior and coming to an evidence-based understanding that all life ultimately evolved from the simplest single-celled protozoa.

You also say, “You can’t take Christianity out of the classroom no matter how hard you try.” I’ll concede that you can’t remove faith from (some of) the people int he classroom. But why would Christianity have a privileged place? It’s certainly not hte Science would have died without issue in the Dark Ages if not for the work of Muslims. A disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners in the sciences are Jewish. There are scientists of every faith: Hindu, Buddhist, Animist, you name it. Do you want them all in the classroom? Great. If not, why Christianity? Even if it’s the largest religion in your particular state, it’s far from the only one – and it’s not a very cohesive religion. Do you want your students taught Catholic dogma, or Presbyterian, or Unitarian or u=United Methodist or what? I warn you, a fair number of leading thinkers in all of those accept the hard evidence for evolution.

I agree with the main point you’re trying to make: significant advances in science have been made within the mantle of Christianity. I can’t help but think, though, that you are gravely underestimating your fellow Christians.

(I haven’t done a good rant in a while. In general I try to eschew demagoguery, on the theory that those who can, usually shouldn’t. It sure feels good to unleash now and then on an important point, though.)