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Study Shows Many Scientists Follow Christ

Some contemporary scientists argue that science and Christianity are completely incompatible. In a recent interview (2013), the atheist scientist Richard Dawkins said that he'll keep showing hostility to any alternative to science (such as religion of any kind) because (in his words) "[faith or religion is] sapping education and depriving young people of the true glory of the scientific worldview … It's tragic to see children being led into dark, pokey little corners of medieval superstition." According to this viewpoint, scientists are people of "reason" but not faith.

But results from a recent survey suggest that science and Christian faith are not as incompatible as one might think. In February 2014, Sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and her colleagues at Rice University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) reported results from the largest study of American views on science and religion. Among the scientists surveyed in the study, 17 percent said the term "evangelical" describes them "somewhat" or "very well," compared to 23 percent of all respondents. In all, 2 million out of nearly 12 million scientists are evangelical Christians. If you were to bring all the evangelical scientists together, they could populate the city of Houston, Texas.

Possible Preaching Angles: Obviously, this doesn't prove that Christianity is true and atheism is false. But it does show that there are many professionals who are trained and working as scientists who still hold to a Christian worldview.

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