I ran across this the other day and I think it has application to the faith/science discussions:
Parable of the narrow-minded foreman
There once was a revered king who commanded his servants to work his land. As they were planting the seeds, the foreman insisted that they plant in clean gravel and irrigate with pure water because it reflected the king’s clean and pure character. Only certain types of seeds grew, but their harvest was neither attractive nor plentiful. Since the produce sold poorly in the market, it was given to the servants as their wages.
One servant studying nature discovered that plants growing in composted soil grew better and abundantly especially when manure was added. When the servant informed the foreman of the exciting discovery, the foreman refused to look at the results. He declared that plants growing in decaying matter were unclean and, since nothing good comes from death, the king's character must never be sullied in this manner. The foreman then condemned and ostracized the servant and called on the other servants to do the same.
Eventually, the starving servants under the foreman tested the discovery and realized that the blacklisted servant was right. With that, they switched to planting in composted soil, and were surprised that all the different types of seeds yielded a beautiful and abundant harvest. At the market, the king’s reputation of providing only the very best grew as consumers old and new clamored to buy his produce. Meanwhile the foreman, refusing to acknowledge the evidence and wanting to be important, sought new ways to hinder the harvest.