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Author Topic: How do college students think about conflicts about science and religion?
Stephen
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Post How do college students think about conflicts about science and religion?
on: June 5, 2011, 20:34
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How do college students think about whether or not there are conflicts about science and religion? A new survey answering that question has been just published (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-j-rossano/no-sciencereligion-confli_b_865543.html.

According to Matt Rossanno, an academic psychologist writing in the Huffington Post, they just don't care: "For the vast majority of American university students, there simply is no conflict between science and religion. ... Results showed that nearly 70 percent of college freshman saw the science/religion relationship as one of either independence or collaboration."

He concludes: "The majority position is not always the right one. It is not always the wrong one either. But one is justified in being wary of those who promote conflict (whether in science and religion or in politics, society, etc.) when: (a) it not obvious to most people why the conflict is necessary and (b) those promoting it have something to gain by doing so. Crass opportunism could be afoot just as easily as sincere disagreement."

koinotely
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Post Re: How do college students think about conflicts about science and religion?
on: June 6, 2011, 01:05
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"Independence or collaboration"...Neither is necessarily interdependent, collaboration may involve joint ventures, but does their interaction change the way either side sees the other? One can ignore the relationship between them and still consider them non-contradictory since they are fundamentally separate. Or one can risk creating controversy by looking for ways in which they're linked...Sometimes it's better to ask the right question than to know the answers.

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