This US-based project utilizes data from a past RPLP project, “Religious Understandings of Science” (RUS, 2012-2015), as well as new data collection, and is focused on evangelicals and science. Our previous research showed that evangelicals in the U.S. are more likely than other religious groups to see tensions between faith and science, to be suspicious of the scientific community, and to have moral problems with science. This project aims to provide evangelical leaders and constituents with empirically based, accessible social scientific evidence for how to integrate faith and science to answer questions about human purpose, meaning, and ultimate reality. In addition to new data collection (with evangelical scientists) and novel analyses, the project will produce a book and a large conference for evangelical leaders.
REAL CHANGE is funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.
This project includes data analysis and the writing of two books, in addition to a range of research and outreach activities aimed specifically at scientists as well as communication efforts toward a broader audience (social scientists and the larger public). The first book, Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion, was published in July 2019.
CONGRESS was funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust.
RASIC is the first-ever cross-national study of religion and spirituality among scientists. The study includes a survey of biologists and physicists at different points in their careers at top universities and research institutes in the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, France, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as qualitative interviews with these scientists. The project was led by Elaine Howard Ecklund with Kirstin Matthews, Baker Institute Scholar and science policy specialist, and Steve Lewis, Baker Institute Scholar and Asia specialist. The study has produced nine academic articles, 50 presentations, and two conferences, and we continue to analyze and disseminate the results of our research.
RASIC was funded by a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation.
Religion Among Scientists in International Context
— SOCIUS: SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH FOR A DYNAMIC WORLD
Religion and Science: Global Survey Explores Academia's Views
— TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION
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, was published in December 2017.
RUS received generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
Few Americans Have Confidence in Universities, Survey Finds
—TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION
Can Science Find Common Ground with Evangelicals?
Faith and Reason
In RAAS, we surveyed 1,646 scientists at 21 research universities over a four-year period. We then interviewed 275 of these scientists in depth. The study found that some scientists see the realms of science and religion as completely distinct, while others see them as overlapping, even if only within certain niches. The results of this study appear in Elaine Howard Ecklund’s 2010 book Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, published by Oxford University Press.
Some Atheist Scientists With Children Embrace Religious Traditions
— RICE UNIVERSITY
More Than Twenty Percent of Atheist Scientists Are Spiritual
— RICE UNIVERSITY