August 12, 2005
This week’s commentary by David Michael Phelps cites a University of Chicago study showing “that seventy-six percent of physicians believe in God, and fifty-five percent say their faith influences their medical practice.”
Another new study by Rice Univesity sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund “surveyed 1,646 faculty members at elite research universities, asking 36 questions about belief and spiritual practices.” Ecklund’s survey covers a variety of scientific disciplines, and as the LiveScience report puts it, “Those in the social sciences are more likely to believe in God and attend religious services than researchers in the natural sciences, the study found.”
What follows is a bit of an understatement: “The opposite had been expected.”
The results of the survey broken down between natural and social sciences are as follows: “Nearly 38 percent of natural scientists — people in disciplines like physics, chemistry and biology — said they do not believe in God. Continue Reading...