Analogies and comparisons between religious beliefs and other concrete theories rooted in science or other academic fields should be used sparingly as they have the innate ability to lead the topic off-topic, create new arguments, and fuel animosity.
The use of science should be used at all times...ever wonder why it was called the Age of Enlightenment? Because we started believing in things we could evidence.
I am in no way bashing religion, nor would i ever (despite being a firm atheist)...i just believe encouraging people to throw away the scientific method is asking for people to throw away deliberation and intelligence.
Science examines the natural world. When we're talking about the natural world, then it would only be prudent to use science. However, when discussing the supernatural, then science shouldn't be a part of the discussion because the supernatural is beyond the scope of what science examines. It is the realm of philosophy and theology.
I just finished reading The Year of Living Biblically, by A.J. Jacobs, and thought it raised interesting questions about fundamentalism and literalism. From what I could see (aka search), there are no threads in the forum discussing either of these two topics. Does anyone think that this warrants a new thread, or is it not worth forum space?
Our whole universe was in a hot dense state, Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait... The Earth began to cool, The autotrophs began to drool, Neanderthals developed tools, We built a wall (we built the pyramids), Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries, That all started with the big bang! =D