According to Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program, evangelical Christians integrate science and faith more than many think:
Now, the myth that bites the data dust, is one that proclaims evangelicals are a monolithic group of young-earth creationists opposed to theories of human evolution.
Actually, 70 percent of self-identified evangelicals “do not view religion and science as being in conflict,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, a sociologist and director of Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program.
She was addressing 200 scientists, pastors and other who work in both fields at the addressed the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s conference on “Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities” sponsored by the AAAS’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion on Friday.
Episcopalians have a long standing tradition in which science and religion shape one another. In a recent podcast interview featuring Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori and Father Sean Maloney of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, the integration and relationship between science and religion is explored in great depth.