Recently a new study was published on BioLogos.org by Deborah Haarsma about how strongly religious americans believe there isn’t a conflict with science and faith. Many americans were polled for this study and the findings are intriguing and clearly point to.
A new Pew Research poll released yesterday yields some fascinating insights into the perceived conflict between science and religion. The poll confirms previous findings that a majority of Americans (59%) think science and religion are “often in conflict.” However, this poll also asked respondents if science conflicts with their own religious beliefs. This yielded a very different answer – only 30%! Furthermore, non-religious people are much more likely to say that science and religion are generally in conflict compared to highly religious Americans (76% vs. 50%).
In other words, people who aren’t religious themselves, who likely have little everyday contact with religious people, see the most conflict between science and religion.
The article goes onto state the following:
Yet Evangelical Protestants remain opposed to consensus science about origins at much higher levels than any other group. This presents a puzzle. How can many Evangelicals see science in general in a positive light, yet reject the findings of modern science about evolution and the age of the Earth? The new survey may give the key—a distinction between science and religion in general, and science and one’s own beliefs. In our experience at BioLogos, we see many evangelical Christians who love science in general, yet believe that young earth creationism is supported by scientific evidence and that evolution is merely an atheistic idea without any scientific basis. Evangelicals, according to the Pew poll, are the most likely group (by far) to think that scientists are “divided” about the science of evolution and the age of the universe. So it’s not that Evangelicals reject science, but they perceive mainstream origins science as far less “settled” (or even “scientific”) than other types of science.
These numbers show that the task of BioLogos is not to convince Christians that science is an important way to discover truth about God’s world—most Christians already believe that. If they didn’t value science in this way, they wouldn’t care so much about this issue.
To that end, it is shocking to read that some Christians don’t have any issues with science and their faith yet others do. It is equally surprising to find that so many Christians do not view science in the same way since the bible is clear that God is clearly the creator. It would appear that as Christians we need to start doing research instead of just reading what the news provides. Most of the time they are biased reports and Christians need to be doing more digging into what the news stories we are given. We know that science gives us evidence of why our faith is real so there really shouldn’t be so many questionable theories floating around.
If Christians were able to see how God’s word reflects what God’s world is like Christians would be more confident in what they believe. Too often people from all beliefs seem to think that Christianity and science are mutually exclusive. However, it is science that provides evidence for God’s existence. There is a real marriage between faith and science and as Christians it is our duty to know what the evidence says.
To read the article in it’s entirety visit: https://biologos.org/blogs/deborah-haarsma-the-presidents-notebook/new-pew-poll-shows-that-strongly-religious-americans-see-less-conflict-with-science#sthash.i4pfqjuR.dpuf