TreeCave, very good post. I might add that one of the greatest enemies to proper scientific analysis is the fear to question the status quo. Einstein, Hawking... their ideas werent intiially received with much enthusiasm. Darwin, also, spent a very long time gaining credibility for his theory. I think that's what a lot of fundamentalists and zealots don't realize... That scientific theories go through their share of scrutiny for a long period of time before they are widely accepted. This is especially the case when they're fighting hundreds of years of religious oppression that permeates into the culture and limits people's imagination, insipiration, and desire to explore the uncharted. In order for any science or faith to progress, to have substance and be true to its purpose, it must always be questioned and challenged. This relentless pursuit of truth exposes the faults in those theories or beliefs which cannot withstand the broadsword of skepticism.