Today I was watching a couple of episodes of one of my favourite TV series, Bones. One of the episodes dealt with the topic of religion which caused quite a bit of conflict between the two main characters, as the character of Dr Temperance Brennan, a scientist and extremely rational person is a proud Atheist whilst the character of Special Agent Seeley Booth, who is more likely to trust his gut feelings than a rational explanation, is a proud Catholic.
This got me thinking, are scientists more likely to be atheists than non-scientists and also what is the affect on growing up in a religious household on someone’s religious views.
I would like, therefore, to conduct a survey to see if any correlation can be found between scientific interest and atheism and if growing up in a religious household is more likely to make you a religious person than someone who did not.
If you could answer the following three questions in the comments field, I will collate all the responses and try to produce some pretty graphs of the results.
1. Are you a scientist and/or do you have a strong interest in science or do you have no particularly strong interest in science?
2. Do you class yourself as atheist or do you class yourself as religious (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Pagan etc) or do you class yourself as spiritual (no organised religious belief but you believe that there is a universal spirit or energy)?
3. Did you grew up in a religious household? For the purpose of this survey a religious household is classed as one in which family members regularly attended religious services or you regularly attended Sunday school or some other kind of religious instruction.
Please let as many people as you can know about this survey as I would like to get a wide range of people responding to get as true as possible representation of society that I able to.