Seventeen per cent of scientists in study claim to be evangelicals
|March 2, 2014||Posted by News under News, Religion, Science|
Compared to 23 per cent of all respondents to study.
According to a recent piece in Christianity Today:
Sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and her colleagues at Rice University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) reported results from the largest study of American views on science and religion at the association’s annual conference in Chicago on Sunday, February 16. More than 10,000 people, including 574 self-identified as scientists, responded to the 75-question survey. Among the scientists, 17 percent said the term “evangelical” describes them “somewhat” or “very well,” compared to 23 percent of all respondents.
One factor may be that evangelicals are more likely to actively steer their children toward the ministry than are other Protestant Christians, reducing the numbers available for the sciences. Mainline Protestants, for example, were only slightly less likely than the average (24.9%) to be scientists. Jews were twice as likely and Mormons were about even.
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs were nearly three times as likely to be scientists, but that may well reflect, among other things, current immigration patterns.
In addition to religious identity, the new survey focused on perceptions people have about science and religion. About the same number of people in the general public perceive hostility by religious people toward science as perceive hostility by scientists toward religion—about 1 in 5. But among evangelical scientists, a strong majority (57 percent) perceive hostility from scientists toward religion, which may suggest Christians in scientific fields have negative experiences with fellow scientists in the workplace regarding their faith.
Maybe, instead of being schooled in turning the other cheek, they should be schooled in “Shut up, atheist blowhard! Nobody asked you.” Or would that just make the workplace too contentious? 😉
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And this concludes the religion coverage for the week. Just keep those shards and fetters coming.