Many religious graduate students in science say they keep quiet about that aspect of their identity.
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Stereotypes about religion vs. science are overblown – but those assumptions can create challenges for religious grad students, a sociologist finds.
Tibetan monks at Sera Jey Monastery in Mysore, India, experience using microscopes for the first time.
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Religious beliefs and modern biology sometimes seem to collide. But exploring those ideas with compassion and an open mind can lead to deeper learning across cultures.
Venezuelan priest Arturo Sosa Abascal, second from right, receives congratulations after being chosen as new superior general of the Jesuits in 2016.
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The Jesuits are among the Catholic Church’s most influential religious orders but no strangers to controversy.
A churchgoer’s thoughts on climate change may not have much to do with Christian teaching.
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Few white evangelicals in the U.S. say they believe in human-made climate change. This strand of science denial seems to have as much to do with conservative politics as the Bible’s teachings.
A survey conducted in Jauary 2018 by the Pew Research Centre showed 84 percent of US Catholics had a ‘favourable’ opinion of Pope Francis. Six out of ten people also said he represented a ‘major change for the better’.
Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.
A large number of young people are reluctant to accept evolution. How we teach the topic might be a key reason why.
Doubting Thomas needed the proof, just like a scientist, and now is a cautionary Biblical example.
An evolutionary biologist makes the case that there’s no reconciling science and religion. In the search for truth, one tests hypotheses while the other relies on faith.
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Religion has helped science, as well as hindered it.
God’s scientific lesson for Job.
Forcing people to separate science and religion can lead to damaging denials of science.
A Menominee Tribal biology class in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Native American scholars joined in the global March for Science. Their science blends seamlessly with beliefs.
Religious teachers can feel uncomfortable explaining the science of evolution to their pupils.
Many South African teachers don’t accept the theory of evolution. They feel deeply conflicted when they have to teach it to their pupils as part of the life sciences curriculum.
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
Most scientists don’t think there’s an inherent conflict between their field and religion, so why do we?
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
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As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church’s stance on contemporary scientific issues?
Senegalese boys learn at a koranic school. Even in secular schools, religion dominates class time.
In Senegal, schoolteachers who are personally religious must work in a secular space that marginalises religious discourse and knowledge. They have several ways of subverting the system.
The term ‘creationist’ can encompass many types, each with their own beliefs.
John Long provoked a comments barrage on The Conversation last week after defending the theory of evolution in the face of creationist views. Unfortunately, while some of the comments were thoughtful…
One among many inevitable phenomena?
For a biologist like me, the interesting questions about religion have always been where did it come from and why did it evolve? I taught evolutionary biology in a Catholic University in the most Catholic…
We cannot avoid the question of faith.
In the early days of independent India, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, “It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty … of a rich country inhabited by starving people.” Would…
Can science and religion coincide in the classroom?
The traditional perception that there is no place for religion in the science classroom may be an obstacle for some students deeply engaging with science and developing a solid understanding of the fundamentals…
No beating around the bush from the Genesis Expo in Portsmouth.
Writing good science exam questions is hard. Getting the wording right, making sure that what you are asking about is clear, pitching the question at the right level, takes time, lots of experience and…
Sharing advances in knowledge is a universal human desire, whether you see the light or not.
A recent post by The Conversation columnist Rob Brooks, Analytic thinking erodes religious belief, is just another in a long line of articles, books and opinion pieces seeking to perpetuate the myth that…