Over the next few years, we will be posting a series of blogs, ‘long-read’ articles, interviews, and videos covering a range of issues relating to debates surrounding science and religion, or indeed more broadly, the role of science in society and contemporary issues relating religion, faith, and belief. We are interested in discussing questions both big and small, such as:
- Is there a presumption in society that you have to be an atheist to be a scientist?
- How do common conceptions of the relationship between science and religion, or rationality and belief, relate to people’s day-to-day lives and the way they see themselves or others?
- What social and cultural factors might lead someone to reject certain aspects of science?
- What are some of the personal and social consequences of how people think about God and the divine?
- Have perceptions about science and religion changed over time? For example, how has the response to Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species changed from its publication to today?
- How can prejudices about ‘science’ or ‘religion’ stop people from engaging with contemporary science related issues in society?
- How can we communicate science, technology, engineering and medicine in increasingly diverse and complex societies?
- Why should we care, and does this all really matter on a day-to-day level?
This blog forms part of the work being done by a newly formed group of researchers at Newman University (UK), York University (Canada), the University of Kent (UK) and the British Library. Our growing research team will be making regular contributions based on their research and thoughts on related issues.
Surprisingly, although the relationship between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ is often talked about in the media, by public intellectuals, and in public space – very little research has been done, which explores what people actually think about their own or others views on the relationship between science and religion or by extension rationality, reason and faith. That’s where we hope to come in………there are currently 16 of us working collectively together in the UK and Canada. Our expertise spans a range of subjects, including social and experimental psychology, sociology of religion, science communication, history and philosophy of science – so between us we have plenty to say on these topics. You can find out more about who we are here. We will also be inviting guest posts from other researchers, journalists, or anyone we think might have something interesting to say on this broad range of issues.
We will also be inviting you to act as commissioning editors. You will be able to make suggestions for ideas or issues you would like to find out more about – more details on our ‘Ask a Scholar’ feature will be coming in the near future.
There will be other ways for you to engage with our research as well. We will be conducting a lot of our research online, and will be looking for participants in various surveys and questionnaires. Given that we are conducting research on topics that haven’t been studied in much detail, your input will help to shape how we develop this project and our research in the future.
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