Atheist Scientists and (Their Idea of) Spirituality

Big Questions Online has published my interview with Elaine Howard Ecklund, a sociologist at Rice University who has spent the last few years studying how natural and social scientists think about religion and spirituality. According to a new paper in the journal Sociology of Religion, Ecklund and fellow sociologist Elizabeth Long found that 22 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves spiritual, and they see their spirituality as more congruent with science than with religion.

But what do they mean by “spiritual”? The results show that these scientists have a very different interpretation of spirituality than that given by most Americans. Read the full interview at BQO. —Heather Wax

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