Today, as the Church of England commemorates the life and work of William of Ockham, Priest and Philosopher, it behoves me to (once again) point out that despite the erroneous posturing of many with their thinking over:
Heliocentric theories (Copernicus and Galileo - neither of whom were persecuted for their theories by the way)
And many other myths (wait for it):
Science, Philosophy, rational and logical thought are merely little more than (comfortable) bedfellows with theology and people of faith (well some of them anyway!).
I have often regarded 'Ockham's Razor' as one of the handiest and sadly least used means of resolving difference and establishing fact.
In it we have the essence of empiricism and the practice of assuming that simpler explanations are, all other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones is the basis upon which much good, and long-lasting, science is done.
Yippee for William of Ockham - yet another brick in the wall of reality that shows scientific, rational thinking lives comfortably with theology (and people of faith) within the physical world.
Now if only some of those around us who have to invent complex explanations for the very things that are defined simply (but perhaps they might need them to remove their blinkers - theist and atheist).