Communicating Outlooks for a New Global Religion and Science Synergy: The Engagement Challenge (CONGRESS II)

The global dialogue on science and religion is rife with myths, misconceptions, and misinformation. This engagement initiative remedies that by providing scientists, thought leaders, and the public with the empirically based evidence from the largest international study of scientists’ attitudes towards religion, gender, and ethics ever undertaken, including a survey of 20,000 scientists and in-depth interviews with over 600 of them, that they need to answer critical questions about, as well as engage in informed discussion around, the relationship between science and religion. This project is part of an extensive effort by the Religion and Public Life Program to examine the religious identities of scientists and their views of spirituality that spans, and is based on, 8 years of data collection and builds on two of our previous projects:

Through this project, we will take our findings and put them back into the hands of the scientists that we studied. Designed to advance and expand understanding, dialogue, and consequential research on science and religion around the globe, this initiative will employ and implement a series of strategic lectures and workshops in seven different national contexts. We are also widely disseminating our research findings through two books as well as an array of Op-Eds and essays to broaden the reach and impact of our findings. See below for more information about our past and upcoming lectures, workshops, and publications.

CONGRESS II is funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust (TRT0203) and led by Elaine Howard Ecklund (PI) and David R. Johnson (co-PI).

Please contact Bethany Boucher at bethany.boucher@rice.edu for questions or more information.

Events

Events

The goal of these events is to share our findings with a broad range of scientists through data-driven lectures as well as engage deeply in dialogue around the science-religion interface through workshops with a group of strategically selected thought leaders. We hope that these events will expose participants to new information and ideas that might lead to change.

Lectures and workshops will be held in Hong Kong, India, the U.K. (Oxford and Cambridge), the U.S. (Boston and Washington, D.C.), and Mexico.


Upcoming Events

What Scientists Think About Religion and Why It Matters

When: May 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm (Indian Standard Time)

This event will be hosted virtually via Zoom.

In this event, Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, and Brandon Vaidyanathan will present core findings from the largest and most comprehensive international study of scientists’ attitudes toward religion, gender, and ethics ever undertaken, including a survey of 20,000 scientists and in-depth interviews with over 600 of them. They will explore the nuances of what scientists think about ethics, religion, spirituality and gender, opportunities for scientific and religious communities to better understand and appreciate each other, and the uniqueness of the science and religion interface in India.

The lecture will begin with opening remarks from Prof. Arup Kumar Raychaudhuri, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and J. C. Bose Fellow at S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, and will also include an opportunity for speakers to answer questions submitted by attendees.

To register, visit: http://bit.ly/science-religion-india.

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Books

Books

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

Do scientists see conflict between science and faith? Do scientists in other countries view religion and faith differently? To answer these questions and more, the authors of Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press 2019), Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Steven W. Lewis, Robert A. Thomson Jr., and Di Di, completed a comprehensive international study of scientists' attitudes toward religion. From this wealth of data, the authors uncovered the real story of science and religion. Many scientists – even atheists – see spirituality in science, and the idea that religion and science conflict is primarily an invention of the West.

Click here to purchase a copy of the book.

Varieties of Atheism in Science

Varieties of Atheism in Science, authored by Elaine Howard Ecklund and David R. Johnson, explores the varieties of atheism by closely examining the lived subjective experiences of a wide range of atheist scientists using their own voices and narratives, thus shining a light on their true views about religion, spirituality, belief, faith, purpose, and meaning. This book is designed to help both scientists and the general public, by using a systematic, empirical, research-based social scientific approach to understand the real nature of atheism in the science community. Release date of July 2021 with Oxford University Press.

Other Publications

Other Publications

Publications from this project aim to broaden the reach and impact of our findings beyond scientists and academics as well as expand empirically based dialogue on science and religion. They will cover a variety of themes from our research.

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