Scientists see Religion as complimentary to Science
Montréal, Québec, 23 September 2010 (CBNS)
With prominent figures in the world of science vigorously attacking religion in popular books like The God Delusion, the idea that religion and science are somehow allied in the search for truth may seem unlikely.
But while the activism of celebrity scientists has created an impression that scientists on the whole have rejected faith, surveys show that belief in God among scientists is actually on the rise.
The first survey that asked scientists about their religious views was conducted in 1914. At that time only 42% of those surveyed said that they believed in God. According to a recent survey of 2500 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, published by the Pew Research Center in 2009, a majority (51%) believed in God or a higher power. And belief in God was significantly higher among younger scientists, with about 66% of those under 35 believing in some form of God.
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