Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion

ISBN : 9780190926755

Elaine Howard Ecklund; David R. Johnson; Brandon Vaidyanathan; Kirstin R.W. Matthews; Steven W. Lewis; Robert A. Thomson, Jr.; Di Di
352 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Do scientists see conflict between science and faith? Which cultural factors shape the attitudes of scientists toward religion? Can scientists help show us a way to build collaboration between scientific and religious communities, if such collaborations are even possible? To answer these questions and more, the authors of Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion completed the most comprehensive international study of scientists' attitudes toward religion ever undertaken, surveying more than 20,000 scientists and conducting in-depth interviews with over 600 of them. From this wealth of data, the authors extract the real story of the relationship between science and religion in the lives of scientists around the world. The book makes four key claims: there are more religious scientists then we might think; religion and science overlap in scientific work; scientists - even atheist scientists - see spirituality in science; and finally, the idea that religion and science must conflict is primarily an invention of the West. Throughout, the book couples nationally representative survey data with captivating stories of individual scientists, whose experiences highlight these important themes in the data. Secularity and Science leaves inaccurate assumptions about science and religion behind, offering a new, more nuanced understanding of how science and religion interact and how they can be integrated for the common good.


Chapter 1: From Carriers of the Secular to Religion in Scientific Work
Part I: West
Chapter 2: The United States- Scientists Respond to Evangelicals
Chapter 3: United Kingdom- Impotent Anglicans and Dangerous Muslims
Chapter 4: France- Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Chapter 5: Italy- Everyone's Catholic and Nobody Cares
Part II: East
Chapter 6: Turkey- The Politics of Secular Muslims
Chapter 7: India- Science and Religion as Intertwined Intimates
Chapter 8: Hong Kong and Taiwan- A Science Friendly Christianity and Buddhism
Part III: Looking Forward
Chapter 9: An Integrated Global Science and Religion


Elaine Howard Ecklund is Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice University. David R. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at University of Nevada, Reno. Brandon Vaidyanathan is Associate Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. Kirstin R.W. Matthews is Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Steven W. Lewis is C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Robert A. Thomson Jr. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rice University. Di Di is a doctoral candidate at Rice University.