+James Karaganis "It is extremely difficult to open the mind of the faithful to science: they already believe that they have all the answers"
I am one of the faithful you are talking about (I am a Catholic), and I regret you have mis-characterized our position.
First you should understand there is a broad spectrum of religious belief that encompasses a very wide field. If you want to make statements about religion you need to be more specific about which part of the spectrum you are talking about.
Catholicism, the dominant form of Christianity, fully supports the aims, methods and results of science. This is why it has an active Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Catholic Church actively collaborates with the scientific world. The Catholic point of view is that scientific method is the best way of answering scientific questions, it is as simple as that.
I have many friends who are fundamentalist Christians (they are a minority group) and have often discussed this question with them so can claim some understanding of their position. To say that they reject science is flat out wrong. They accept the overwhelming majority of science but reject some scientific findings where it contradicts some aspects of their faith. I think they are wrong in this and as a result have had many entertaining discussions with them. To characterize them as anti-science is wrong since they accept the great majority of science and the scientific method. Although I think they hold some mistaken beliefs I respect them and refrain from crudely demonizing them. Thoughtful engagement is always more useful." they already believe that they have all the answers"
No, that is not true. As I said above, we fully accept that there is a vast world of scientific unknowns and that science is the best (in fact only) method of investigating the scientific unknowns. In any case, religion is not about science at all. It is about the relationship of the believer with God and the relationship of the believer with his fellow beings. This relationship has spiritual and moral dimensions, not scientific dimensions.
If you read some of the theological literature and the literature of the philosophy of religion you would quickly discover that there is a world of lively debate about a great number of uncertainties.
Finally, in Christianity, faith is emphasized precisely because the Christian is confronted with a world with many unknowns and puzzling contradictions. So I am afraid it is completely untrue to say that Christians think they have all the answers. See this interesting post about the problem of natural evil - http://bit.ly/I4Sxd5" in the end rarely serves any purpose other than to irritate everyone involved."
That is likely the result of misunderstanding their position and crudely demonizing them as 'anti-science'.