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Author Topic: Religion And Science Can Coexist, Scientists Say In New Survey
Stephen
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Post Religion And Science Can Coexist, Scientists Say In New Survey
on: September 23, 2011, 12:53
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Jaweed Kaleem writes in Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/21/religion-and-science-can-coexist_n_974116.html0 that most scientists don't view science and religion as always conflicting.

When it comes to questions about the meaning of life, ways of understanding reality, origins of Earth and how life developed on it, many have seen religion and science as being at odds and even in irreconcilable conflict,” said Rice sociologist Elaine Ecklund. Yet, a majority of the scientists Ecklund and her colleagues interviewed saw both religion and science as “valid avenues of knowledge” she said.

Ecklund and her team interviewed 275 tenured and tenure-track faculty members from 21 research universities in the United States. Only 15 percent of respondents said religion and science were always in conflict, while 15 percent said the two were never in conflict. The majority, 70 percent, said religion and science are only sometimes in conflict.

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Ecklund said she found that the way scientists view the compatibility of religion and science is influenced by how they view religion itself. Scientists who see the two fields as incompatible are more likely to have a narrow view of religion, identifying it most with conservative strains of American evangelical Christianity. Meanwhile, Ecklund said, scientists who say science and religion as never in conflict often were of the view that "science comes from God, and God created it ... or that science and religion are completely separate ways of viewing reality." Overall, those who said religion is compatible with science tended to have a broader view of religion that included non-institutionalized spiritual practices, such as meditation.

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on: September 27, 2011, 16:32
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Ecklund said she found that the way scientists view the compatibility of religion and science is influenced by how they view religion itself. Scientists who see the two fields as incompatible are more likely to have a narrow view of religion, identifying it most with conservative strains of American evangelical Christianity. ... Overall, those who said religion is compatible with science tended to have a broader view of religion that included non-institutionalized spiritual practices, such as meditation.

This has been my experience as well. I find I often get a shocked reaction from people who assume either that when I tell them I accept evolution I can't possibly believe in God or if I tell them I believe in God, I can't possibly accept evolution.

The assumption is made either that A) I believe God is a glorified human being or B) that evolutionary theory accounts for the origin of the universe instead of describing the way organisms have evolved and are continuing to evolve on this planet.

"Mythconceptions" exist, it seems, at both ends of the spectrum.

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