I used to think there isn't really any conflict between religion and science. All we have to do is apply a liberal interpretation to the religious views that seem to conflict with science, but there are too many religious people who can't seem to do this, like the literal Bible interpreters and the creationists. What are they thinking and why do they profess to believe proven facts are false! I believe one big reason is that everyone, at least to some degree, has a very basic need to show the rest of the world that they stand for something important and religion stands ready for them to use. They have been taught almost since they were born that the Bible is the Word of God and it takes no reasoning on their part to say; "This is the Word of God. It cannot be false!" Well, I know beyond any reasonable doubt that the Bible can not be interpreted literally. I don't mean that it MAY not be interpreted literally. I mean it's impossible. The Bible is a book that was written almost 2,000 years ago and translated several times at least. Furthermore, I don't believe it was written to be interpreted literally. If you gave ten people the same chapter from the same book of the Bible and asked them for a literal interpretation of that chapter, I'm fairly certain you would get ten different interpretations. The Bible can be a wonderful source of moral ideas and rules that if followed will provide some chance for the survival of the human race, but it must be interpreted liberally enough to agree with established facts!