I've decided to let the fellow have the last word there.
Since the comments reminded me that quite a number of religious Americans also are convinced that faith and reason do not play well together, I also decided to put together a short list of posts I've written on the topic.
And, more to the point, a short list of 'background' resources. Three of five of them are on the Vatican.va website: one published by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Academy of Sciences? At the Vatican??
There's more at the "Science, Religion, and being Catholic" page. But, as I wrote yesterday, I don't expect to convince any zealots. The notion that science and religion, faith and reason are utterly opposed is, I think, too firmly entrenched in the American - and probably Western - culture's mythology.
- "Reason, Faith and 'What Folks Know, that Just Ain't So' "
(June 4, 2010)
- "Copernicus, Galileo, Science and a Reality Check"
(October 26, 2009)
- "Faith and Reason, Religion and Science"
(March 20, 2009)
- "Catholic Church, Creationism, Evolution, Facts and Faith"
(March 5, 2009)
- "Scientific Insights Into the Evolution of the Universe and of Life"
Pontificia Academia Scientiarvm (Pontifical Academy of Sciences), Vatican City (2009)
- Particularly p. 31: remarks by Prof. Christian de Duve of the Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology
- "Creation, Culture and Faith"
Cultures and Faith, Bicentenary Conference on "Faith and Culture: Chaos and Creation" St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland (1995)
- "Faith can never conflict with reason"
Pope John Paul II's address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, translated into English
L'Osservatore Romano via Caltech Newman Center (http://www.its.caltech.edu/~nmcenter/sci-cp/sci-9211.html)
(November 4, 1992)
- "The Galileo Affair"
George Sim Johnston via EWTN
- "Proceedings of the Trial Against Galileo Galilei"
The Holy See, Rome (1616, 1632-33)