And welcoming scientists and scientific ideas into our congregations could help our youth, says a researcher who has studied the issue. Tuesday, October 16, When people think of science and faith, they think of conflict: school board wars over evolution, the Big Bang vs. Genesis, medical treatment vs. Ecklund is the Herbert S. Ecklund received a Ph. The following is an edited transcript.

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Christopher P. Religion vs. Scheitle Reviews and Awards "It is essential reading for all scholars, scientists, and religious people interested in the current relationship between religion and science and the possibilities of where it can go in the future. The size is manageable and the scope broad enough to maintain the interest of the general reader For students of social science, it will provide a grounding in contemporary thinking, and methodological considerations, in studying religion and science.

Science" - David Andrew Gilland, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "Religion vs Science is not simply a welcome and highly engaging contribuion to the contemporary debates about science and religious faith - it is also a powerful illustration of the way in which the social sciences can deepen our appreciation of how human beings hold together ideas originating from quite different sources.

It was clearly a very thorough study and the results are given in the book in the form of statistical tables and summaries of the interviews with representative individuals. Science comes as highly recommended reading for anyone interested and everyone involved in the dialogue between science and religion.

Their research methods are carefully outlined in multiple appendices, but the authors also discuss their statistical research in the main text in a way that is readily accessible.

The authors do an admirable job of explaining how they are able to include other factors in their analyses, such as demographics, in order to understand if a difference between groups is due to religion or some other cause Science provides a thorough and accessible overview of this topic in America and can serve as a springboard for further research on this topic.

Science presents a nuanced picture of the American religious landscape. By showing that religious people generally like science, it provides an alternative to the bipolar maps of the past. By acknowledging the lingering tensions between science and faith, it suggests that the potential for conflict remains.


Religion vs. Science

Theoretically, Ecklund explores how individuals and small groups bring changes to larger institutions that constrain them. Substantively, her work explores this topic in relationship to religion, science, gender, race and immigration in different national contexts. Ecklund is the author of five books, over 70 peer-reviewed research articles, and numerous op-eds. She has received over 6 million dollars in grants and awards, including those from the Templeton Religion Trust, Lilly Endowment, Inc.


Elaine Howard Ecklund

Religion: What Scientists Really Think, is a systematic study of what scientists actually think and feel about religion. In the course of her research, Ecklund surveyed nearly 1, scientists and interviewed of them. Ecklund concluded that "Much of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. While more atheistic than the rest of the U. Most scientists that did express some belief in God considered themselves "religious liberals".


Elaine Howard Ecklund: Debunking the myth that faith and science are in conflict


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