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Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion

Do scientists see conflict between science and faith? Do scientists in other countries view religion and faith differently? To answer these questions and more, the authors of “Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion” completed a comprehensive international study of scientists' attitudes toward religion. From this wealth of data, the authors uncovered the real story of science and religion. Many scientists – even atheists – see spirituality in science, and the idea that religion and science conflict is primarily an invention of the West.

At this event, Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and one of the authors of “Secularity and Science,” discussed the book's findings with John Evans, the Tata Chancellor's Chair in Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. They also explored the relationship between spirituality and science. A book signing followed the presentation. Copies of the book were available courtesy of the Rice University Campus Store. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute's Science and Technology Policy Program and China Studies Program, as well as Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program. Follow @stpolicy on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerScience.






6:30 p.m. — Presentation
8:00 p.m. — Reception 


Featured Speakers

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D.
Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and Director, Religion and Public Life Program, Rice University 

John H. Evans, Ph.D.
Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, and Co-Director, Institute for Practical Ethics, University of California, San Diego



Tue, Sept. 24, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005

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