Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Theos Report on Science and Religion

A new report from Theos has been published:

Nick Spencer and Hannah Waite, ‘Science and Religion’: Moving Away from the Shallow End (London: Theos, 2022).

Here are some paragraphs from the Theos website:

‘This report is the culmination of a three–year project researching public and elite attitudes to science and religion in the UK today (2022) […]

‘For too long, the conversation has fixed on a limited number of (scientific) topics – evolution, Big Bang, neuroscience – and often on the loudest voices there. The result has frequently turned conversation into debate, and debate into argument. One of the consequences of this is that when you ask people about the relationship between ‘science and religion’, opinions are largely negative.

‘However, when you ask the same people about specific sciences and religion, or about science and specific religions, their views are more complicated. And when you look at expert scientific and philosophical opinion on the matter – even among the non–religious people and atheists – views are not only more nuanced but also more positive.’

More information can be found here, the Executive Summary is here, and a pdf of the full report is available here.

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