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What Natural Scientists Believe

Larry A. Witham

in Where Darwin Meets the Bible

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195150452
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834860 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150457.003.0012
 What Natural Scientists Believe

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Hinges on survey findings (1990s) that 40% of U.S. scientists believe in a personal God and afterlife, while 93%of National Academy of Sciences members do not. Here is a look at the beliefs of Darwin and Einstein, how scientists deal with belief and atheism, and studies of scientists since psychologist James Leuba (1914) asked them about God. Biology and social science seem least open to belief.

Keywords: academy; atheism; belief; biology; Darwin; Einstein; Leuba; scientists; surveys

Chapter.  7117 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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