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Monday, June 25, 2012

Belief in God among scientists vs. the general public: a graphic

The Biologos Forum has published a graphic, comparing belief in God, and related matters, between scientists and the general public. The post is here. You can click on the post to see a larger version.


Grundy said...

Why do you suppose scientists are less likely to believe?

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Grundy.

I'm guessing that the main reason is Young-Earth Creationism. YEC claims that the earth is only a few thousand years old, and that the Bible says that's true, when mainstream geology, astronomy, and biology, among other disciplines, have strong evidence that that isn't so. So the conclusion is that if the Bible is wrong about something I know about, why should it be true about sin and salvation and Christ?

Or, as a post from a pastor puts it: The evangelical posture toward modern science has missional consequences. We have inherited a defensive posture toward science that serves as a roadblock to faith for many people.