By Chris Matyszczyk | 24 August 2016
If you believe in science, does this mean you can’t believe in God?
Or is it that science makes it difficult to believe in religion?
Stephen Hawking has already assured us that there is no God at all. He hasn’t, though, managed to convince everyone.
Still, many Americans seem to be trending toward the godless quadrant. But why?
A new Pew survey offers some believable pointers.
Pew’s latest study is an offshoot of its 2014 Religious Landscape Survey, in which it found that 78 percent of those with no religion were raised with one, but have since shed their religious identity.
Pew re-contacted 5,000 of the 35,071 surveyed to ask why they left their affiliation behind. Almost half of those who were brought up in the religious firmament explained that whatever belief they had had simply disappeared.
One reason cited by many? Science.
Pew offered one quote that will surely move some, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson: “I’m a scientist now, and I don’t believe in miracles.”
Other reasons offered might also excite rationalists. For example: “Learning about evolution when I went away to college.” It took that long?
This one, too, has a certain simplicity: “Too many Christians doing un-Christian things.”
Some might wish to vigorously debate another: “Lack of any sort of scientific or specific evidence of a creator.” Haven’t these people ever heard of the Turin Shroud?
It isn’t as if all religions think science is some sort of enemy.
Pope Francis, for one, has always been clear that he believes in evolution. He’s also on the scientists’ side when it comes to global warming. However, he thinks that at the very, very beginning of everything there was a God who set it all in motion.
The safe bet, as many a Vegas croupier might tell you, is to keep an open mind. Live your life, while examining how both sides are doing.
But seriously, science. You can’t even tell me if aliens exist. You can’t even tell me why my dreams are so peculiar. You can’t even tell me why I have body hair.
Is it any wonder so many of us waft around the world with an entirely confused look on our faces?
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