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  1. Leonard Mlodinow on the S&R Relationship
    “I think that this dichotomy is something that is fairly recent. First of all, when the brain evolved to have the capacity to ask such questions, to understand abstractions, and to be curious, one of the first things we started doing was asking these spiritual questions. Humans used to live as nomads wandering around and […]
  2. June 1, 2015
    The Catholic Church and Climate Change From Galileo to genetics, the Roman Catholic Church has danced with science, sometimes in a high-tension tango but more often in a supportive waltz. Pope Francis is about to introduce a new twist: global warming. (Seth Borenstein, Associated Press) Budgies Yawn Contagiously “Contagious yawning by itself is not exactly […]
  3. May 14, 2015
    America’s Changing Religious Landscape The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the […]
  4. April 28, 2015
    Even Setting Evolution Aside, Basic Geology Disproves Creationism David Montgomery: In the ongoing conflict between science and creationism, evolution is usually a main point of contention. The idea that all life on Earth evolved from a common ancestor is a major problem for creationists. As a geologist, though, I think that the rocks beneath our […]
  5. Lessons from the Perceptions Conference
    From Matthew Facciani, a doctoral candidate in experimental psychology at the University of South Carolina: I recently attended The Perceptions Conference, which brought scientists and religious leaders together to improve dialogue and find common ground. Here are five things I took away from this conference that may be useful for finding common ground between science […]
  6. April 22, 2015
    Religiousness and Mental Health Is being a believer beneficial to one’s mental health? That’s the conclusion of much psychological research, which points to both the social support of belonging to a congregation, and the stress-reducing qualities of knowing that a larger force is looking out for you. But a newly published study challenges those beliefs. […]
  7. April 17, 2015
    Children, Spirituality, and Happiness Lisa Miller: A new study just published online in the Journal of Religion and Health by my lab at Columbia University shows that happiness and the character traits of grit and persistence go “hand in hand” with a deeper inner asset: spirituality, which this study measured as a deep spiritual connection […]
  8. April 16, 2015
    Do Americans Believe Science and Religion Are in Conflict? Jonathan Hill: There is more than meets the eye in survey questions about the relationship between science and religion. Although the results appear to have a straightforward reading at first, we need to recognize that changes in the wording and framing of these questions are tapping […]
  9. Time Off
    We apologize for the break (due to travel and other commitments), but plan to be back soon. You can always follow us on Twitter (@scireltoday), where we’ll continue to share news and stories from around the Web. Thanks for reading SRT.
  10. January 21, 2015
    Science in the State of the Union President Barack Obama reiterated his commitment to addressing global warming in his annual address to Congress on January 20, describing the perils of rising temperatures as the greatest threat facing future generations. (Jeff Tollefson and Sara Reardon, Nature) On Gender and Religious Belief A big gender divide exists […]

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