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Faith and Science Communities in Conflict?

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Thursday, February 20, 2014

 Lynn Billman, President CWIS


Some CWIS members and readers of this blog may not be aware that ASA has a strong partnership with AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble Space Telescope Senior Project Scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center -- and ASA member -- is the ASA liaison to the AAAS through a project called AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion project (DoSER). AAAS held a major conference the weekend of Feb 14, and ASA combined with other science/faith organizations (like BioLogos and Zygon) to offer an ecumenical booth with literature about science and Christianity.

Even more interesting, Jennifer reported at this conference on the preliminary findings from a new survey conducted very recently by this project with staff at Rice University. This survey engaged 10,000 people with a 25-minute questionnaire, and individual interviews of 300 Christians, Jews, and Muslims. "This survey is different because it's asking where people look to for authoritative information on science, who do they trust as their authority figures, and how important do they think scientific issues are in their daily life," Wiseman said. The survey particularly focused on evangelicals, and Galen Carey, vice president for government relations at the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington, D.C., said that he was pleased with the survey's findings.

The survey results indicate that among the general population, only 27% believe that science and religion are in conflict with each other. In another interesting question, more than a third of all respondents in the survey agreed that "scientists should be open to considering miracles in their theories or explanations." Among the evangelicals surveyed (up to 30% of the U.S. population by some estimates), 48% of the evangelicals surveyed said they felt that science and religion were in a collaborative relationship. But, evangelicals were more than twice as likely as the rest of the sample to say they would turn to a religious leader or text if they have a question about science. And, 43% of evangelicals supported a strong young-earth creationist view.

Check this out, and other recent surveys about American's opinions of science. Read the fascinating report "Religious and Scientific Communities May Be Less Combative Than Commonly Portrayed."

Tags:  American Association for the Advancement of Scienc  faith evolution survey 

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Alice C. Linsley says...
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014
We still have much work to do if almost 50% of Evangelicals believe that the Earth is only 6000-1000 years old. This view is neither Biblical nor scientific.
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