Facts and Stats

Many people are of the opinion that science and religion are incompatible, but the facts simply don’t support this view.  Rice University sociology professor Elaine Ecklund recently published an exhaustive, authoritative study entitled Science vs Religion: What Scientists Really Think (Oxford University Press, 2010).  After surveying 1,700 scientists at 21 elite universities and conducting 275 personal interviews, she found that approximately 50% self-identified as religious– primarily practicing Protestants, Catholics, and Jews.  Another 20% viewed themselves as spiritual, but did not participate in an organized religious community.  Only 30% self-identified as purely secular.  Regardless of what conflicts play out in the media, the fact remains that it is perfectly common to practice science and believe in God!

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