Does religion (especially evangelicalism and Catholicism) keep minorities out of science? Do different racial minority groups within Christian traditions differ in their support for science? This research explores these and other related questions through a series of focus groups, participant observations, and in-depth interviews at three congregations in Houston.
RISE received funding from Rice University.
In RUS, we explore how religious Americans think through complex scientific issues. This project involved observing religious services, as well as 319 personal interviews with religious individuals from a variety of faith traditions, including Catholics, Jews, evangelical Christians, Muslims, and mainline Protestants. To complement the depth of these personal interviews, we conducted a broad, nationally representative survey of more than 10,000 Americans. A book based on the study’s findings, Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think, will be released on December 1, 2017.
RUS received generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
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