Attitudes Toward Science and Stem Cell Research Based on Religious Worldview: Comparing the Views of Theists, Naturalists, Skeptics, and Dualists Toward Science as an Institution, Method, and Application of Knowledge
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Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Vyacheslav Karpov
Dr. David Hartmann
Dr. Gregory Howard
Dr. Rudolf Siebert
This dissertation is a study of attitudes toward science and stem cell research based on religious worldview. This study examines the relationship through General Social Survey data (2006).
Religious worldview is measured here through some of the most common measures of religiosity. This study differs from many other sociological studies of religiosity in that it includes the view of naturalism alongside other religious worldviews, including theism, dualism, and skepticism. Science is understood and measured here as multidimensional. Comparisons are made between attitudes toward science as a social institution, a research method, and as an application of knowledge - where attitudes toward stem cell research are compared.
This study begins by considering some of the present day issues within the study of religion and society. A few of the most pressing concerns within this literature are given emphasis, including secularization and desecularization. Some of the controversies surrounding the secularization debate are considered with special attention given to writings that address the compatibility of religion and science, past and present.
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Van Wieren, Jon, "Attitudes Toward Science and Stem Cell Research Based on Religious Worldview: Comparing the Views of Theists, Naturalists, Skeptics, and Dualists Toward Science as an Institution, Method, and Application of Knowledge" (2012). Dissertations. 129.