As far as religious observance, obviously I'm an example....I generally attend weekly services, even though I'm not religious. I don't pray, and I don't read texts, however.
Scientists vs. General Public on Religious Observance
Scientists General Public Attend weekly religious services 18% 20% Consider themselves religious 15% 19% Read religious texts weekly 13.5% 17% Pray several times a day 19% 26%
So who are these scientists? Let's just say the Episcopalians appear well represented. ;-)
Scientists and the Public by Religious BeliefNot surprisingly, the biggest gap between scientists is with Evangelical protestants--evolution, obviously, but also
Public Scientists Evangelical Protestant 22.9% 17.1% Mainline Protestant 26.9% 24.9% Roman Catholics 23.8% 19.1% Jews 1.9% 3.9% Mormons 1.8% 1.7% Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains 2.6% 7.2% Atheists/Agnostics/No Religion 15.5% 24.4% Other 4.7% 1.7%
Other findings in the survey point to significant differences between scientists and evangelical Protestants, nearly 60 percent of whom said that scientists "should be open to considering miracles in their theories or explanations.”You can click here for more of my posts on science, and science-and-faith