Are all scientists atheists? Do they believe religion and science can co-exist? These questions and others were addressed in the first worldwide survey of how scientists view religion, released by researchers at Rice University.
More than half of Indian scientists self-identify themselves as religious and almost a third believe that religion and science can not only co-exist but be used to help each other, reveals a worldwide survey of how scientists view religion.
While it is commonly assumed that most scientists are atheists, the global perspective resulting from the study shows that this is simply not the case.
“More than half of scientists in India, Italy, Taiwan and Turkey self-identify as religious,” said the study’s principal investigator Elaine Howard Ecklund from Rice University in Houston, US.