And by that, I literally mean "Brother" in the Catholic holy man sense. This article reports on a Vatican astonomer who thinks that creationism is basically a pagan belief system. That is, the pagans have natural gods who intervene in everyday, natural events (like lightning or growing crops). The Christian god, he says, is a supernatural god who lets natural events unfold according to laws that are not in any way divine (other than being divinely created, I suppose). In other words, seeking the laws of nature is in no way an inherently religious endeavor.
I know that the fundamentalists don't really consider Catholics to be "real" Christians (though I have little enough interest in the arcana of either religion to worry about why), so they might not be swayed by this astronomer. But I hope that the horror of being compared to the dreaded "pagans" gives some of them pause.