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Misconceptions That Surround Science And Religion

Update Date: Feb 19, 2014 09:56 AM EST
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In the collision between science and religion, bad outcome is not necessary every time. Scientists and general public are surprisingly similar in their religious practices, according to a new research. 

The research conducted on more than 10,000 Americans, scientists and evangelical Protestants found that opinion of science and religion cant work in collaboration is a misconception that stunts progress. 

"We found that nearly 50 percent of evangelicals believe that science and religion can work together and support one another," Ecklund told Rice University's David Ruth, according to RedOrbit. "That's in contrast to the fact that only 38 percent of Americans feel that science and religion can work in collaboration."

According to the study, nearly 18 percent of scientists attended religious services and 13.5 percent read religious texts weekly. 

"This is a hopeful message for science policymakers and educators, because the two groups don't have to approach religion with an attitude of combat," Ecklund said. "Rather, they should approach it with collaboration in mind."

Researchers pointed that the way science-religion relationship is being portrayed in news media might make an influence in the misperception. 

"Most of what you see in the news are stories about these two groups at odds over the controversial issues, like teaching creationism in the schools. And the pundits and news panelists are likely the most strident representatives for each group," she added according to RedOrbit. "It might not be as riveting for television, but consider how often you see a news story about these groups doing things for their common good. There is enormous stereotyping about this issue and not very good information."

The study was presented February 16 in Chicago during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference

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