Just kiddin’….there is no such battle. The two, working in concert, have produced the greatest civilization mankind has ever seen. But, I will provide an illustration of what happens when only one of the two is in force. Let’s start from this conclusion: God created man with forethought and purpose, and invested his major creation with a thinking ability and with the free will to use that ability as man chooses. 1. We’ve built western civilization on two pillars: God created every human in His image and human beings are able to investigate and make rational conclusions about the world. These two ideas were born in Jerusalem and Athens, respectively. Those who put those two ideas to judicious use, that life is more than materialism, pleasure and avoiding pain, then you are a product of Jerusalem and Athens. 2. Thomas Aquinas saw that faith and reason need be melded. “They hold a plainly false opinion who say that in regard to the truth of religion it does not matter what a person thinks about creation so long as he has a correct opinion concerning God. An error concerning the creation ends as false thinking about God.” "Reconciling Faith and Reason: Apologists, Evangelists, and Theologians,” Thomas P. Rausch, p.12 Aquinas, Maimonides, or Al-Farabi…..men of faith used reason to prove God’s existence. Jerusalem and Athens. 3. Now, here comes that fork in the road, the wrong choice which has led us to current conditions. In the 18th century, possibly to end the abuses of an aristocracy, or to follow decrees of a very different entity from God, individuals in France authored a revolution far different from that which took place in America. In France, the revolution abolished religion and faith, and made reason and science the only basis for society. America had a revolution, too, but didn’t make that mistake, which is why the former produced a slaughter house, and ours didn’t. “If the French revolution was the end of monarchy and aristocratic privilege and the emergence of the common man and democratic rights, it was also the beginnings of modern totalitarian government and large-scale executions of "enemies of the People" by impersonal government entities (Robespierre's "Committee of Public Safety"). This legacy would not reach its fullest bloom until the tragic arrival of the German Nazis and Soviet and Chinese communists of the 20th century. In fact, Rousseau has been called the precursor of the modern pseudo-democrats such as Stalin and Hitler and the "people's democracies." French Revolution - Robespierre, and the Legacy of the Reign of Terror 4. Certainly it is self-congratulatory to claim one’s society is based on science and reason alone, and not that silly superstition, religion. But the result is fearful: In the course of France's short revolution, 600,000 French citizens were killed, and another 145,000 fled the country. Schom, "Napoleon Bonaparte," p. 253. "That's in a country with between 24 and 26 million people, about the current population of Texas. In terms of population loss, that would be the equivalent of the United States having a 9/11 attack every day for seven years." Coulter, "Demonic," p. 266. 6. And, it went further: over 100 million men, women and children slaughtered as Bolsheviks claimed descent: “Historians of the French Revolution, which the Russians saw as a model for their own…” Bolshevik Festivals, 1917–1920 Bet they didn’t teach you that in secular government schools.