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ERIC Number: ED518279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-11
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Thinking about Science and Christian Orthodox Beliefs: A Survey Study of Teacher Beliefs
Cobern, William W.; Loving, Cathleen C.; Davis, Edward B.; Terpstra, Jeff
Online Submission, Seminar paper presented at the Mallinson Institute for Science Education (Apr 11, 2011)
Since its origination in the late 19th Century, the warfare metaphor has been used to characterize the relationship between science and religion, especially orthodox Christianity. Though thoroughly discredited by historians of science, the ideological descendants of Thomas Huxley, who spoke of science in quasi-religious terms, have kept the warfare metaphor alive. On the other hand, there are substantial numbers of Christians who at least appear to oppose science given their high-profile opposition to the general theory of evolution. The purpose of the research reported in this paper was to examine this specific question: is anti-science sentiment associated with increasing orthodox Christian belief? Two validated, published instruments were used: "The Thinking about Science Survey Instrument" and the "Christian Fundamentalist Belief Scale." The subjects for the study were 970 preservice elementary teachers. The analysis did not show that anti-science sentiment increases with increasing Christian belief. Subjects with strong Christian beliefs were found to be just as supportive of science, if not more so, than subjects with no Christian beliefs. The study concludes with a caution against projecting attitudes toward science "on the whole" based on attitudes specifically toward evolution. (Contains 5 tables, 5 figures, and 18 notes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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