“Like mathematics, many theological statements do not need scientific confirmation. Once you have the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, it’s not like we have to wait for the scientists to tell us if it’s right. This is it.”
Err, mathematical statements DO do need mathematical confirmation, though, in a process every bit as rigorous as the scientific process.
If Novak can point me to a “religious confirmation process” that meets the same standards, I’ll eat my hat.