Numbers Don’t Lie
The first and largest organized study of its kind, spearheaded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation by Rice University, Cambridge, reveals some rather interesting statistics about the number of religious scientists. The studies results seem to show that there may not be quite as many atheist scientists as previously believed and touted about around the internet. The public release by Rice University on December 3rd reports, “More than half of all scientists in India, Italy, Taiwan and Turkey self-identify as religious.” The principal investigator, Elaine Howard Ecklund explains “such patterns challenge longstanding assumptions about the irreligious character of scientists around the world.”
Another popular concept swirling around has been that religion conflicts with science is anti-science, or impedes the execution of proper science, but again the study perceives it differently.
When asked about terms of conflict between religion and science, Ecklund noted that only a small minority of scientists in each regional context believe that science and religion are truly in conflict. In the U.K. – one of the most secular countries studied – only 32 percent of scientists characterized the science-faith interface as one of conflict. In the U.S., this number was only 29 percent. And 25 percent of Hong Kong scientists, 27 percent of Indian scientists and 23 percent of Taiwanese scientists believed science and religion can coexist and be used to help each other.
Press Release: Rice University
Article: Eureka Alert