Measurement Wizard


Religion and Science, Relationship between

Are religion and science in conflict?)


Below are 19 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 6 types:

AuthorityChanged Faith?Churches Adapt?God's GloryIncompatible?Too Much Science?

AuthorityWho has authority in matters of truth?

  • AUTHORTY from Survey On the Beliefs and Moral Values of Americas Children, 1989LEARN MORE
    • What, in your opinion, is the most believable authority in matters of truth? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (AUTHORTY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Changed Faith?Has the respondent's faith been strengthened or weakened by science?

  • DOUBTS3 from General Social Survey, 1988LEARN MORE
    • How often have these problems caused doubts about your religious faith -- often, sometimes, or never. Conflict of faith and science. (DOUBTS3) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIDISC from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (scidiscovery_w3) S:2. [IF NOT RELIGIOUS, IF F:10=7 OR F:9=0, DK OR REF: My own views about religion have, ALL OTHERS, My own religious faith has] been strengthened by some of the discoveries of science. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (SCIDISC) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INFL_SCI from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003LEARN MORE
    • Have any of the following had an important influence on your thinking about religion or spirituality: studying or reading about science? (INFL_SCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Churches Adapt?This question type asks the respondent if churches must adapt and change in light of scientific discoveries.


God's GloryThis question type asks the respondent if science helps to reveal God's designs

  • GODSGLRY from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q41c. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Science helps to reveal Gods glory (GODSGLRY) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Incompatible?This question type asks the respondent if he/she agrees with statements about the incompatibility of religion and science.

  • SCIREL from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988LEARN MORE
    • Here are some more questions about religion. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statements. If unsure, all things considered, do you tend to agree or disagree with -- Science and religion will always be in conflict. (SCIREL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TEACHING from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (teachings_w3) S:1. The teachings of science and religion often ultimately conflict with each other. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (TEACHING) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIENCE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)LEARN MORE
    • (sciencerel_w3) S:3. The findings of science and teachings of religion are entirely compatible with each other. (Do you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree?) (SCIENCE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIRELIG from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q41f. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Science and religion are incompatible (SCIRELIG) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIHOSTL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q41g. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: Most scientists are hostile to religion (SCIHOSTL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE

Too Much Science?This question type asks the respondent if we rely too much on science and not enough on faith.

  • TRUSTSCI from General Social Survey, 1998LEARN MORE
    • Agree or disagree: We trust too much in science and not enough in religious faith (TRUSTSCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIFAITH from General Social Survey, 2000LEARN MORE
    • We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • TRUSTSCI from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • We trust too much in science and not enough in religious faith. (TRUSTSCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIFAITH from General Social Survey, 1993LEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of these statements? We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIFAITH from General Social Survey, 1994LEARN MORE
    • We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • RELYSCI from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q41a. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about science: We rely too much on science and not enough on faith (RELYSCI) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIFAITH from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • How much do you agree or disagree with each of these statements? A. We believe too often in science, and not enough in feelings and faith. (SCIFAITH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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