The conflict between science and religion, in a nutshell:
1) Historical facts happened.
2) A profound reality resulted.
3) The historical facts were forgotten.
4) Over time, the people realized that the profound reality was even more profound than they had realized.
5) Profound realities can only be understood through stories.
6) The historical facts were no longer available to the storytellers.
7) Over time, new stories developed to help people understand the old, profound realities, which are themselves far more important than the historical facts.
8) The new stories gradually became old stories.
9) Because the stories continued to help people understand the profound realities, the stories became sacred and indispensable.
10) Some important historical facts were recovered, and others were understood for the first time. They didn’t match the sacred stories.
11) Some people concluded that since the sacred stories didn’t match the historical facts, the sacred stories must be worthless.
12) Other people concluded that since the historical facts didn’t illuminate the profound reality in a way they could recognize, the historical facts must be incorrect.
13) Most people forgot that neither the historical facts nor the sacred stories are as important as the profound realities, which arose from mostly forgotten historical facts, but which can be best understood through the sacred stories.