Saturday, September 09, 2017

What Scientists Think About Religion

For years Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund has been researching the relationship between scientists and religion.

She summarizes her findings in this essay - "What Scientists Think About Religion." She writes:

"Almost a quarter of Americans think scientists are hostile to religion. But what do we really know about how scientists think about morality, spirituality and faith?
From 2005 to 2008, I surveyed nearly 1,700 natural and social scientists on their views about religion, spirituality and ethics and spoke with 275 of them in depth in their offices and laboratories. It turns out that nearly 50 percent of scientists identify with a religious label, and nearly one in five is actively involved in a house of worship, attending services more than once a month. While many scientists are completely secular, my survey results show that elite scientists are also sitting in the pews of our nation’s churches, temples and mosques."

For updates and links to her writings, here's her website.