Public Opinion on Religion and Science.

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A study by the Pew Research Center found that there are areas of contention and conflict between science and religion among Americans, especially within the regards to life’s origins. However, the vast majority (84%) say that science has had mostly a positive impact on society. Among those who attend religious services on a weekly basis 80% still see science as having a positive impact. 70% of American adults view scientists in a positive way by contributing “a lot” to society by providing it with all sorts of beneficial advancements. The study also found that 61% of people do not view science and religion in conflict with each other; a view also held by 52% of people who attend weekly religious services. On the other hand, and from another study, many Americans do see a conflict between science and religion. The Pew Research Center found that 55% of people said religion and science are in conflict, while 38% believed that the two realms are mostly compatible.

Evolution as an explanation of the development of life has been the area of most conflict between religion and science. A poll, also by Pew, of scientists who are members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science found most scientists (87%) agreeing that life on Earth evolved over time due to natural processes such as natural selection. However, public opinion differs greatly with 32% believing likewise, 8% don’t know, 31% disagreeing, and 7% believing human life evolved over time but are not sure how.


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