@ Miburo: like kael said, any records of the existence of Jesus would be gone by now and I think the Vatican would have special interest on keeping any documents that would prove the nonexistence of Jesus out of public knowledge, because if Christianity was proved to be nothing but a farce, they'd have to either swallow their pride and advertise themselves as Jews or they'd face the mother of all lawsuits for 2000 years for pretty much all crimes from accessory of murder to vandalism.
Originally Posted by Human Rasengan
by all means that's what we should do.. faith in a higher power hasn't stopped human progression all these years so why would it now.
Then why did the Pope include 3 years ago genetic modification and experiments on humans as 2 of the new 7 mortal sins? That means everyone in my discipline is pretty much destined to Hell because one of the exams to graduate is to make bacteria produce human insulin... you know, that hormone that is vital for everyone or else they'll suffer of Type I diabetes and the people that already suffer from that need that bacterial insulin for their shots or they're pretty much dead?
It is childish to think religions don't interfere with science, because science, the bastion of logic, pretty much nullifies the need for religion and religion adores to put obstacles in the way to avoid loosing even more followers than it already is (for example, the US dropped from 96% of Christians in 1956 to 74% in 2010 and, if the trend continues, it'll be 0% in the middle of the 23rd century).
And even if we don't consider direct rejection of certain scientific methods by religious entities, we always have the damn creationism zombie that refuses to die just because some Sunday School nutjobs don't want to learn.