Does Believing in God Make It Harder to Believe in Science?
Elaine Howard Ecklund is Herbert A. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, professor of sociology, and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University. A few years ago, she wrote a book about what scientists really think about religion and religious people, which dispelled some persistent myths about the universal disdain scientists are expected to feel for religious belief. Then she turned her focus around and interviewed hundreds of Muslims, Jews, Catholics, mainline Protestants, and evangelicals to learn how religious people view scientists and their research. She again discovered more nuance and variation than many people acknowledge.