Michael Ruse wrote, From a Curriculum Standpoint, Is Science Religion? Stephen Jay Gould's Non Overlapping Magisteria apears to be steadily losing ground in the secular community. At least that is the subjective evaluation of this writer. Ruse speaks of the interface between science and religion and embraces the "independence" position. Ruse:
Basically, I argue that science is inherently metaphorical, that today’s science has at its core the metaphor of a machine, that metaphors rule certain questions out of court—not wrong, just not asked—and that it is legitimate for religious people to try to provide answers. Religious answers not scientific answers, about ultimate origins and purposes, about morality, and perhaps also about consciousness.