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Are All Scientists Atheists?

Are All Scientists Atheists?

Are all scientists atheists? Do they believe religion and science can co-exist? These are some of the questions scientists answered in a recent survey conducted by Dr. Elaine Ecklund, the director of Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program.

She conducted a survey of scientists worldwide to examine their views on religion. The results defy long-held assumptions among some that scientists are all, by definition, atheists.

We talk with Ecklund about her survey and its findings.

Rice Sociologist: Religious Beliefs Vary Among Scientists In 8 Countries (News 88.7, Dec. 4, 2015)
A Global Lab Conference Summary Report (PDF, Rice University)
First Worldwide Survey of Religion and Science: No, Not All Scientists are Atheists (Rice University, Dec. 3, 2015)

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Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →