David Barash asserts that you need “mental gymnastics” to reconcile science and faith:
I CONCLUDE The Talk by saying that, although they don’t have to discard their religion in order to inform themselves about biology (or even to pass my course), if they insist on retaining and respecting both, they will have to undertake some challenging mental gymnastic routines.
Given that many people can retain and respect both quite easily, perhaps the gymnastics is not that challenging. It might actually be pretty easy. I would think that a scientist would at least try to wrestle with the evidence on that question. But since this essay is a series of evidence-free assertions, it would have been out of place. Why, for example, is it “irresponsible” to teach biology without evolution? Is the president of Yale Medical School irresponsible for believing evolution is largely irrelevant to practicing medicine? As happens so often with this issue, mainstream scientists are given a pass on sloppy arguments.