(CHRISTIAN TODAY) There has been a longstanding belief that science always counters religion, and religious beliefs do not correspond with scientific facts.
For the first time, a recent global study by researchers from Rice University proved that this perceived clash between science and religion is just a misconception.
In her study entitled “Religious Understandings of Science (RUS),” sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund surveyed more than 10,000 Americans comprising scientists and evangelical Protestants.
“No one today can deny that there is a popular ‘warfare’ framing between science and religion. This is a war of words fuelled by scientists, religious people and those in between,” says Ecklund, founding director of Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, in an article posted on Eurekalert.org.
One of the most notable findings from her study dispels the belief that most scientists are atheists. In fact, a lot of those working in the scientific field identified themselves as religious.