U.S. College Students’ Perception of Religion and Science: Conflict, Collaboration, or Independence? A Research Note

  title={U.S. College Students’ Perception of Religion and Science: Conflict, Collaboration, or Independence? A Research Note},
  author={Christopher P. Scheitle},
  journal={Sociology of Religion},
This research examines how undergraduates perceive the relationship between religion and science and the factors that shape those perceptions. Longitudinal data generated from the Spirituality in Higher Education Project representing a national sample of undergraduates is analyzed. The analysis finds that, despite the seeming predominance of a conflict-oriented narrative, the majority of undergraduates do not view the relationship between these two institutions as one of conflict. Undergraduate… 

Tables from this paper

Endorsement of Religion–Science Conflict as an Expression of Group Solidarity among Graduate Students in the Sciences

Why do some individuals perceive religion and science as being in conflict while others do not? Research suggests that individuals’ endorsement of religion–science conflict is often as much an

Shaping the Religiosity of Chinese University Students: Science Education and Political Indoctrination

Our study examined the respective relationships between two components of higher education in mainland China—science education and political indoctrination—and the religiosity of university students.

Exploring Cognitive Dissonance between College Students' Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Their Higher Education

With perceptions of conflict between religion and science often appearing in popular discussions and academic writings, cognitive dissonance may result if college students find their epistemological

The confrontation of identities: how university students manage academic and religious selves in higher education

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to investigate the ways in which religious students manage the dual identities of student and member of faith. If an “identity clash” occurs, how is it managed?

Does devotion to God push you away from science?: Using religiosity to assessing the impact of the religion/science conflict perspective on the choice of academic major among undergraduate students at a religious institution

Religion and science are often perceived to be in conflict. Science is thought to deal with facts and evidence while religion is thought to deal only with faith. This conflict perspective is

More religion means less science. An International comparison of the relations between religious beliefs and levels of and attitudes to scientific knowledge

This research presents the results of a comparative analysis of the links between religious practices and beliefs and levels of scientific knowledge. Based on secondary analyses of survey data in the

College Students’ Appreciative Attitudes Toward Atheists

Atheists are often marginalized in discussions of religious and spiritual pluralism on college campuses and beyond. As with other minority worldview groups, atheists face challenges with hostile

Investigating the Connection Between Science and This-Worldly Oriented Superstition: A Research Note on the Case of School Adolescents in Urban China

Most studies on the religion–science connection have been conducted in a Judeo-Christian context where other-worldly rewards are often emphasized. This research note examines how scientific


This article addresses how the field of religion and science will change in the coming decades by analyzing the attitudes of emerging adults (ages 18–30). I first present an overview of emerging

Analyzing Millennial Student Perceptions of Spiritual Development while Attending Religious Colleges in the United States

The purpose of this study was to measure the perceived degree of spiritual development of graduating seniors at 26 denominational religious colleges and universities in the United States to analyze



The Religiosity of American College and University Professors

For more than a century most U.S. colleges and universities have functioned as secular institutions. But how religious are American college and university faculty in their personal lives? We answer

Conflict Between Religion and Science Among Academic Scientists

Using new survey data (N = 1,646), we examine the attitudes academic scientists at 21 elite U.S. research universities have about the perceived conflict between religion and science. In contrast to

Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative

Studies of the relationship between religion and science have traditionally assumed that any conflict that exists is based on epistemology. This assumption is built into the history of Western

Religion among Academic Scientists: Distinctions, Disciplines, and Demographics

The religiosity of scientists is a persistent topic of interest and debate among both popular and academic commentators. Researchers look to this population as a case study for understanding the

Religion and Spirituality Among Scientists

of these issues because they are, above all else, atheists and anti-religion. While highly influential scientists like Richard Dawkins and the Human Genome Project’s Francis Collins have been

On the Incompatibility of Religion and Science: A Survey of American Graduate Students

IN recent years a lull has settled over the battle which once raged between science and religion.l The militant and crusading spirit of an earlier era seems to be dissipated, and the public forums no

Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

INTRODUCTION 1. Brad, June, and Amanda 2. The Cultural Worlds of Emerging Adults 3. Emerging Adult Religion in Life Course and Historical Perspective 4. Religious Affiliations, Practices, Beliefs,

Religion and Science

In this timely work, Russell, philosopher, agnostic, mathematician, and renowned peace advocate, offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during

Galileo goes to jail and other myths about science and religion

* Contents * Acknowledgments * Introduction Ronald L. Numbers * Myth 1. That the Rise of Christianity Was Responsible for the Demise of Ancient Science David C. Lindberg * Myth 2. That the Medieval

Sample Attrition in Panel Data: The Role of Selection on Observables

The traditional formulation of the attrition problem in econometrics treats it as a special case of the partial-population section bias model in which selection (attrition) is based on model