By Elaine Howard Ecklund

That the longstanding antagonism among technology and faith is irreconcilable has been taken with no consideration. And within the wake of modern controversies over educating clever layout and the ethics of stem-cell study, the divide turns out as unbridgeable as ever.

In Science vs. Religion, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption within the first systematic learn of what scientists truly imagine and consider approximately faith. during her learn, Ecklund surveyed approximately 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She unearths that the majority of what we think in regards to the religion lives of elite scientists is incorrect. approximately 50 percentage of them are non secular. Many others are what she calls "spiritual entrepreneurs," looking inventive how one can paintings with the tensions among technological know-how and religion open air the restrictions of conventional faith. The booklet facilities round brilliant pics of 10 consultant women and men operating within the typical and social sciences at most sensible American examine universities. Ecklund's respondents run the gamut from Margaret, a chemist who teaches a Sunday-school classification, to Arik, a physicist who selected to not think in God good earlier than he determined to turn into a scientist. just a small minority are actively opposed to faith. Ecklund unearths how scientists-believers and skeptics alike-are suffering to interact the expanding variety of non secular scholars of their school rooms and argues that many scientists are trying to find "boundary pioneers" to pass the wooden strains keeping apart technology and religion.

With huge implications for schooling, technology investment, and the thorny moral questions surrounding stem-cell examine, cloning, and different state-of-the-art medical endeavors, Science vs. Religion brings a welcome dose of fact to the technological know-how and faith debates.

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