Religion and science have always been in contradiction, and the believers have been in split into two sides: the ones who firmly believe in the biblical aspect and the ones who rely on science and proof. Times have changed, and religion and science have found a way to connect and work together.
A recent study has showed that there is a modern group of people , which calls themselves “Post-Seculars”, people who own very strong scientific knowledge but on the other hand have very strong religious beliefs. A research has shown that one out of five Americans, have been categorised as belonging to the Post-Seculars who are heavily more religious then the ones belonging to the “Traditionals” group, which are around 43% of the American population and own more scientific information than the ones called “Moderns”, which stand for 36% of Americans and believe only in science facts.
The Post-Seculars, have proved to be a significant presence among Americans, and arrived to represent 21% of the population. Researchers were surprised about the existence of this group who are appreciative both about science and technology and are religious even though they are sceptical about certain scientific approaches, stated Timothy O’Brien, the leader of the study and assistant professor at University of Evansville, from Indiana. The research was published on Thursday, in the American Sociological Review.
According to researchers, Post-Seculars form their opinions and views on their own. They tend to select from religious and scientific facts in order to form they own personalised compelling approach of understanding the world.
The name of this group, has been chosen in such a manner, to demonstrate that the American nation is moving away from religion to convert to secular, explained O’Brien.
The study analysed the responses given by 2,901 individuals, in 2006, 2008 and 1010, to 18 questions, regarding knowledge and views on science and religious questions. The study, confirmed the split between Moderns and Traditionals, which meant science versus religion. Results have proved that the first group had great scores on scientific knowledge and low on religion questions.The second group had low scientific awareness.
However, there has been a third approach, the one of those who were in-between the two different views. Most of these people were conservative Protestants, and were aware of what is the purpose of antibiotics, how laser work and how genetic is involved in diseases that are inherited.
Post-Seculars, are smarter, they are aware of the perspective seen by scientists and don’t just agree to accept some basic issues, and their view affects also their political angles. At the same time, they stick to affirming they are very religious and when it comes to controversed matters, which are battling religious and scientific views, they usually side with religion.
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