Originally posted by oracle
The big rift between Science and Religion in Europe occured because of adapting Science for utilitarian purposes, thereby abandoning quest for truth or nature of god. As a result of which bringing in the "modern" western society.
I think a bigger rift took place in the 20th century when a majority of the scientists realized that science has nothing to do with God. Science is still pursuing truth. But, God is a subjective entity that science has nothing to do with. God doesn't even fit in the model of science. It's for people of blind faith.
But again, some scientists live a dual life. When they are doing science, they switch off their blind faith mechanisms in their head. And when they go back home and say their prayers, they are back in irrational blind faith mode again. It's pretty cool.