at http://www.astronomy.net/forums/god/messages/31900.shtml, if it seems a case is being made that "we are all animals after all,"
offering a clarification:
1) As we know, one's human brain processes "way more" information than 'other animals' can.
However, it is still possible to come to the wrong conclusions with that processing. Do you say our intelligence makes us more divine or ethical or more like God? Then there should be no reason to assail the integrity of science, which is done by smart folks mostly. One can question science freely in some parts of our world.
2) Religions often make much of our great difference from other animals. For some odd reason, religions then seem to function in the way that herds of animals or schools of fish function.
3) The hard questions are not answered
in most religions except by scriptural authority.
When Scripture does not contain, for example,
the DNA code or evolution or the equations of physics, there is a convoluted explanation given why we 'still should not ask the hard questions of religion, and should accept the church authorities' interpretation of ancient Scripture' in almost any religion -- not all of them but most of them.
4) That is changing for the better in many places but it is also possible to lose the higher level of Freedom to Question which we have been enjoying since the development of Civil Constitutions.
There's something to say if I haven't said it.