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Science and Religion as Lived Experience : Narratives of Evolution among British and Canadian Publics and Life Scientists

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Jones, Stephen H. ; Kaden, Tom:
Science and Religion as Lived Experience : Narratives of Evolution among British and Canadian Publics and Life Scientists.
In: Elsdon-Baker, Fern ; Lightman, Bernard (ed.): Identity in a Secular Age: Science, Religion, and Public Perceptions. - Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press , 2020 . - pp. 99-110
ISBN 9780822946281

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Due to the relative influence of creationist movements in the United States, most sociological research into science and religion in that context has taken religious populations, especially conservative Protestants, as its point of focus. The relationship between knowledge and identity among non-religious people has not been covered in detail. Research with mixed populations in the contrasting settings of the UK and Canada, where the populations are more secular and where debates about human origins have not become entangled with cultural conflict to the same degree, offers the opportunity to remedy this and highlight the uneven link between knowledge and identity within both religious and non-religious populations. In addition, in part due to this body of research usually employing quantitative methods that allocate people into fixed groups, sociological research into science and religion has not often been connected to broader social trends relating to contemporary styles ofbeliep Specifically, one of the most significant trends observed in the sociology of religion in recent years has been toward the individualization of belief, but this trend is rarely mentioned in relation to work on science and religion.8 In this overview of our findings, we use discussions of participants' biographies and interests to show that, as well as being involved in social conflict, public belief about science and religion has been influenced by this shift toward the personal construction of religious identities. We want to ask: What are the implications of this socialshift for understanding people's perceptions about science and religion, and for public debates about this most contested of subjects? As we will see, we suggest that it raises challenges to various common assumptions made in public discourse about science and religion. Suppositions about the validity of labels such as "creationist," as well as about the link between awareness of and identification with science, are all placed in question by the personalization of religious knowledge

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: No
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Sociology of Culture and Religion
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2020 07:15
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 08:01