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Study On Science-Versus-Religion Debate Sees The Emergence Of New Trends

Updated on May 24, 2017

For Some Americans, Science vs. Religion Is Different For “Post-Seculars”

For centuries, the never ending and never concluding debate on science and religion has been going on. Both the groups have put forward different world view and perspectives that are hardly going to meet a common point. However, a new study has come out that says that for some of the citizens of America, this science vs. religion debate is nothing but a false dichotomy. These new breed of thinkers have been christened as “Post-Seculars,” by authors Timothy O’Brien, an assistant professor at the University of Evansville and co-author Shiri Noy, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wyoming. These new “Post-Seculars” consist of 1 in every 5 Americans and it is surprising that this sizable number of people had gone totally unnoticed in the years.

Americans Embracing Theories They Want To Know

The Post-Seculars are people who do not like to give in to any fixed mentality or way of thinking. They are more interested in taking and accepting a theory that is consistent with their way of thinking. As O’Brien said, “[The Post-Seculars] are pretty knowledgeable and appreciative about science and technology but…are also very religions and reject certain scientific theories.” They have their own way of looking at the world and contrary to belief that Americans are becoming more secular, they are simply carving out their own realities.

Three Concepts To Differentiate Post-Seculars From Others

There are three main concepts that help to differentiate between the Post-Seculars on one hand and Traditionals (religious Americans) and Moderns (secular Americans) on the other hand. These concepts are age of the Earth, Big Bang origin of the universe and human evolution. These people understood science and agreed on most concepts, but differed on a few issues. These same Post-Seculars are equally religious as well.

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      Lisa Chronister 

      14 months ago from Florida

      This is pretty interesting. I wonder, is Pantheism considered Post-Secular, or is that too formed of a belief system?

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