From Publishers Weekly
Ecklund, a professor at Rice University, surveyed 1,700 scientists at 21 elite universities to ascertain how many of them were influenced by religion. She sent a 34- question survey and did 275 personal interviews. Her well-footnoted book profiles how natural and social scientists interact with each other in their own departments, the university at large, students they teach, and the general public. Within the survey, she discovered individuals who identified no religious tradition but considered themselves to be spiritual (spiritual atheists). Among those who were religious, she found varying beliefs about the ultimate nature of things, including intelligent design, evolution, and creationism. Professors presented their convictions or silenced them, either bringing religious thinking into classrooms or keeping it out. Many saw religion as useful in teaching ethical behavior in society. Ecklund concludes by dispelling myths about today's science professors, offering an evidence-based peek behind the doors of academia. (May)
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Ecklund has rendered a good service to the cause of promoting dialogue between science and religion, and it is hard to disagree with her diagnoses and description of the field. Her recommendations are wise and passionately expressed. Lluis Oviedo, ESSSAT-News, 21:1, March 2011 [This] book will provide an excellent starting point for those who want to know what scientists in the US really think. Times Higher Education Book of the Week it presents an extensive and detailed picture of the thinking about science and religion among the science faculty of 21 top universities in the United States. Skperd L. Bonting, Reviews in Science and Religion 58