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Comment from:  The "Science" of Sexual Orientation?
Crosswalk, Michael S. Craven Blog, 3.19.2006 

(liberals, secularists, etc.) are only pressing a liberal political agenda when in fact this is simply how many Americans attempt to explain reality. They reject the supernatural as a plausible explanation and therefore can only limit life's answers to the scope of scientific materialism. Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich articulated this perspective quite clearly in the New Prospect, in which he wrote,

"The great conflict of the 21st century may be between the West and terrorism but terrorism is a tactic and not a belief. The underlying battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernist fanatics; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that beings owe blind allegiance to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is no more than preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe that truth is revealed solely through scripture and religious dogma, and those who rely primarily on science, reason, and logic."
 
 

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However, contrary to Reich's assertion, Christian Theism, at least, is not at odds with legitimate science. In fact, the scientific method which serves as the basis of Western science comes directly from the Christian life and worldview. It was after all Sir Francis Bacon, (1561-1626) known as the "father of inductive reasoning," who led the dramatic shift away from Aristotelian deduction that ruled the intellectual world for nearly 1500 years. This shift in the scientific approach is regarded as a major milestone in Western scientific thought and this shift was the direct result of Bacon's belief in a rational God who was distinct and separate from creation. As such he believed that rational beings made in the image of God could understand nature because it too was created in a rational, orderly manner. Suffice it to say that Christianity and legitimate science are not mutually opposed.

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