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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Twenty Percent of Atheist Scientists Attend Church With Their Families

The Director of the Christian Humanist Association is not surprised by this study. Are You? Why or why not?
By Michael Gryboski of The Christian Post

A recently published study found that nearly one in five scientists who consider themselves atheists nevertheless bring their children to a church service one or more times a year.

Printed in the December edition of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the survey had a sample of 275 university-level faculty members.

"Our research shows just how tightly linked religion and family are in U.S. society," said Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice University, lead investigator for the study, in a statement.

"[S]o much so that even some of society's least religious people find religion to be important in their private lives."

The study stated that the main reasons were related to social and personal matters, including attending at the behest of a Christian spouse or catching up with friends.

Roy Speckhardt, executive director for the American Humanist Association, told The Christian Post that the study’s findings were not surprising to him.
You can read the entire article, "Study: 1 in 5 Atheist Scientists Attend Church With Family," here.

1 comment:

Ken Schenck said...

Absolutely fascinating!