Scientists reject God

Arthur V. Chadwick (
Tue, 01 Dec 1998 09:22:04 -0800

We have discussed various aspects of belief and science before on the
listserve, but these are the most depressing statistics I have come across.
For those interested, the entire article can be seen at the address below.

Nature 394, 313 (1998) Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Leading scientists still reject God

Our chosen group of "greater" scientists were members
of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Our survey
found near universal rejection of the transcendent by
NAS natural scientists. Disbelief in God and immortality
among NAS biological scientists was 65.2% and 69.0%,
respectively, and among NAS physical scientists it was
79.0% and 76.3%. Most of the rest were agnostics on
both issues, with few believers. We found the highest
percentage of belief among NAS mathematicians (14.3%
in God, 15.0% in immortality). Biological scientists had
the lowest rate of belief (5.5% in God, 7.1% in
immortality), with physicists and astronomers slightly
higher (7.5% in God, 7.5% in immortality). Overall
comparison figures for the 1914, 1933 and 1998 surveys
appear in Table 1.