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ERIC Number: EJ799432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Religious Beliefs: Their Dynamics in Two Groups of Life Scientists
Falcao, Eliane Brigida Morais
International Journal of Science Education, v30 n9 p1249-1264 Jul 2008
The assumption that scientific knowledge would bring an end to religious belief has challenged many scholars, particularly since such a belief persists even among those devoted to scientific activities. In this paper the occurrence and nature of religious belief in groups of life scientists working in the UK and Brazil is discussed in the context of their degree of training. Data obtained through one-to-one interviews went beyond mere yes/no answers to questions on belonging to a religion or believing in God. Categories were created to assess how open these scientists were with regard to the possibility of the supernatural. The results suggest that scientific training affected their religious belief and reduced the number of believers. Nevertheless there were scientists in both groups whose beliefs persisted. (Contains 2 tables and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; United Kingdom