Stem Cell Research: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics
An overview of the stem cell debate in America examines the science behind stem cell technology and looks at public opinion trends.
U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices
A major survey confirms the close link between Americans’ religious affiliation, beliefs and practices, on the one hand, and their social and political attitudes, on the other. The social and political fault lines in American society run through, as well as alongside, religious traditions.
What Brain Science Tells Us About Religious Belief
Recent advances in neuroscience are offering researchers a look into the physiology of religious belief. In a transcript from a Pew Forum event, University of Pennsylvania radiologist, Dr. Andrew Newberg, discusses how measurable brain activity matches up with the religious experiences described by worshippers.
Courts Not Silent on Moments of Silence
An Illinois statute, now on temporary hold by a U.S. District Court, has given rise to the latest in a long line of constitutional cases involving required moments-of-silence in public schools.
The ’Evidence for Belief’: An Interview with Francis Collins
In an interview, Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and an evangelical Christian argues that advances in science present “an opportunity for worship,” rather than a catalyst for doubt.
Evolution Battle Flares in States
Evolution has won some recent battles, but its supporters are bracing against what they see as a growing effort to undermine the theory’s credibility.
States Vie For Stem-Cell Scientists
As the pace of stem-cell research quickens, seven big states are financing the science in hopes of attracting the world’s best scientists.
Science in America: Religious Belief and Public Attitudes
The combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology greatly enlarges the potential for conflict between faith and science in the U.S.
The Right-to-Die Debate and the Tenth Anniversary of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act
Similar measures considered in several other states have failed in the state legislature or at the ballot box, while polls show the country still divided on the issue.
How the Public Resolves Conflicts Between Faith and Science
Polls show that Americans have a healthy respect for science. But what happens when scientific findings conflict with religious beliefs? In the case of evolution, religious people, who make up a majority of Americans, rely primarily on their faith for answers.