Do Religious People Hate Science?
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Public debates on science and religion tend toward simplification. A particular construction of science is pitted against a particular construction of religion, and the resulting claimed relationship is transposed onto all people, and sometimes across all time. With the stakes so high—“life, the universe, and everything”—the debates can be heated. And while heat does beget light (and sometimes laughs), it tends not to beget good scholarship. But beyond public debate, what do religious people think about science? We often hear media controversies about religious campaigns over embryonic stem cell research, the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools, and an indifference to anthropogenic climate change in North America’s religious right, but do these reports tell us the whole picture?
In their new book Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think, North-American sociologists Elaine Howard Ecklund and Christopher P. Scheitle aim to dispel key myths surrounding religious...
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