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Some Atheist Scientists With Children Embrace Religious Traditions

2651 Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 12/07/11 11:50 AM ET

What happens when atheist scientists have kids? Do they expose them to religious traditions and institutions?

I surveyed nearly 1,700 natural and social scientists at elite American universities, and approximately half expressed some form of religious identity, whereas the other half did not. Then I interviewed a scientifically selected...

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Religious Scientists: Faith in the American University

Posted March 23, 2011 | 03/23/11 10:28 PM ET

What place should religion occupy in a university? As I've written before, as part of a survey of nearly 1,700 scientists at elite American universities, I asked that specific question to a scientifically selected sample of 275. Many of them told me religion has no place in the...

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Why University Scientists Do Not Discuss Religion

Posted January 25, 2011 | 01/25/11 11:18 PM ET

There is strong evidence that religion is resurging among students on America's top university campuses. Yet, a large number of academic scientists firmly feel that they should not discuss religion in their classrooms. I have spent the last five years surveying nearly 1,700 natural and social scientists working at elite...

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What Scientists Think About Religion

Posted June 28, 2010 | 06/28/10 01:20 AM ET

Almost a quarter of Americans think scientists are hostile to religion. But what do we really know about how scientists think about morality, spirituality and faith?

From 2005 to 2008, I surveyed nearly 1,700 natural and social scientists on their views about religion, spirituality and ethics and spoke with 275...

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