The Pew Research Center released a new survey today on religion and science. The subtitle reads “Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.” That definitely intrigued me, so I had to read more. I encourage anyone interested in the area of science and religion to read the report. Here are a few key points that really stood out for me.
1. The first graphic really got me thinking. Here’s what they said in their analysis:
People’s sense that there generally is a conflict between religion and science seems to have less to do with their own religious beliefs than it does with their perceptions of other people’s beliefs. Less than one-third of Americans polled in the new survey (30%) say their personal religious beliefs conflict with science, while fully two-thirds (68%) say there is no conflict between their own beliefs and science.
This is really interesting. So while the majority of people in the survey believe that science and religion are often in conflict, less than a third said science conflicts with their own beliefs. Clearly a perception issue. People hear from others or read articles arguing that there has to be a conflict, yet they don’t think science conflicts with their own beliefs.