The Hard Sciences Aren’t Hard on Religion

I made a statement recently that some of my Christian friends may not have appreciated much:

I’m one of those people who’d like to see hard science and math education become the “core” education in our schools, as opposed to the arts or social sciences, which is the case now in the Anglophone world in general and the U.S. in particular.  Looking at the end result of such an emphasis would lead to engineers and scientists at the top of our society (as is the case in China) rather than the lawyers.  The reason why this isn’t so is complicated, from cultural factors to the systemic problems our public schools have in retaining science and math teachers to the fact that excelling in any scientific educational track is hard work.

Many Christians might think that this would lead to a diminishment of faith in our students.  But I know better.  And so do the atheists, which is why, at places like Camp Quest, they have to lard a curriculum in scientific discovery with materialistic philosophy to get their point across.

Atheist WayPastSoccerMom thought otherwise, in part:

It’s great to read that you think hard science and math education should be at the forefront. But, there is a big reason why so many scientists are non religious.

But the University of Michigan found that the real corrosive majors for people of faith were the humanities and social sciences, not the hard sciences:

College students who major in the social sciences and humanities are likely to become less religious, while those majoring in education are likely to become more religious.

But students majoring in biology and physical sciences remain just about as religious as they were when they started college.

Note, people, that the hard sciences include the biological ones, the home of the evolutionists.

My first position is my story and I’m sticking to it.

This tidbit from the study is also interesting:

Our results suggest that it is Postmodernism, not Science, that is the bête noir of religiosity. One reason may be that the key ideas of Postmodernism are newer than the key scientific ideas that challenge religion. For example, religions have had 150 years to develop resistance or tolerance for the late 19th century idea of Evolution, but much less time to develop resistance or tolerance for the key ideas of Postmodernism, which gained great strength over the course of the 20th century.

It’s interesting to note that education majors become more religious as they go along.  That’s interesting in view of the enforced secularism in our public schools.  But if the lack of discipline and other ordeals of public education for the teacher doesn’t teach one to pray, nothing else will.

Until, that is, they nationalise health care…

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