I'm a little late to the party, but I thought I would throw my two cents in.
1) Book: If you currently feel that science and religion are at odds, try reading Stephan Jay Gould. I find his book Rock of Ages makes a case for personal separation very palatable. It is a very dense read however - beyond many of the journal articles I read when I completed my masters. Just warning you ahead of time.
2) Book: Monkey Girl discusses the Dover trial that some people have mentioned. I feel it does a great job of explaining both the science, societal, and legal aspects of the trial (other books focus on one aspect over another).
3) Video: Kenneth Miller was the lead witness for the defense in the above trial and writes one of the primary high school biology textbooks. He has a number of lectures online where he discusses evidence supporting biological evolution and the reasons why the USA has such strong social issues with evolution.
4) I would not recommend Dawkins. I have heard him speak at a biology teachers convention, and he can be very abrasive. Honestly, I was surprised at how willing he was to simply remove students from a classroom instead of trying to educate students.
@drakoji: As much as I appreciate not just moving from left to right, having a mission objective of "Gather 2 pelts" is a real drag.
I think the crafting system starts out as deceivingly simple at the beginning of the game. There is no recipe for trombone guns or a freezing laser knife. There needs to be a way to hint at the crazy upfront to entice people to continue playing.