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Scientists and Their Religions

Snapshot | Scientists and Their Religions  Click for larger version (58K) We asked our readers about the religious traditions in which they were raised and the ones to which they are now affiliated. The number of responses--nearly 500, out of 3,000 invitees--and the many strongly stated comments show how seriously our readers take this subject. "Religion is basically dangerous," says one; "Religion is important in my life," says another. The majority, 87%, were reared in a religious t

Alexander Grimwade

Snapshot | Scientists and Their Religions


We asked our readers about the religious traditions in which they were raised and the ones to which they are now affiliated. The number of responses--nearly 500, out of 3,000 invitees--and the many strongly stated comments show how seriously our readers take this subject. "Religion is basically dangerous," says one; "Religion is important in my life," says another.

The majority, 87%, were reared in a religious tradition, with 55% of this group indicating a strong religious affiliation in childhood. In comparison, 59% are currently associated with a religion, with 55% of these indicating a strong connection. "We should never forget that the ultimate truth is God's, not ours," says one reader.

About half declare that they are less strongly affiliated with religion than they were in childhood, while one third indicate no change. Only 17% are more devout...

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