The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Spiritual scientists

More than 20 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves to be spiritual, according to a study by Rice University, Houston.

The study's lead author said it shows that spirituality is not solely a pursuit of religious people. "Spirituality pervades both the religious and atheist thought.

It's not an either/or," said Elaine Howard Ecklund, assistant professor of sociology.

"This challenges the idea that scientists, and other groups we typically deem as secular, are devoid of those big 'Why am I here?' questions. They, too, have these basic human questions and a desire to find meaning."


Robert Buntrock

Robert Buntrock

Posted at 1:42 pm (U.S. Eastern) 7/8/2011

As in the discussion in and of the article, The Scientists and the Theologian, there need not be a conflict betweeen science and faith (or scientists and persons of faith).  However, there are often unfortunate conflicts between science and religions.

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