Some Atheist Scientists With Children Embrace Religious Traditions

Flying Spaghetti MonsterVia ScienceDaily:

Some atheist scientists with children embrace religious traditions for social and personal reasons, according to research from Rice University and the University at Buffalo — The State University of New York (SUNY).

The study also found that some atheist scientists want their children to know about different religions so their children can make informed decisions about their own religious preferences.

“Our research shows just how tightly linked religion and family are in U.S. society — so much so that even some of society’s least religious people find religion to be important in their private lives,” said Rice sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, the study’s principal investigator and co-author of a paper in the December issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

The researchers found that 17 percent of atheists with children attended a religious service more than once in the past year. The research was conducted through interviews with a scientifically selected sample of 275 participants pulled from a survey of 2,198 tenured and tenure-track faculty in the natural and social sciences at 21 elite U.S. research universities. Approximately half of the original survey population expressed some form of religious identity, whereas the other half did not.

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  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    At least part of the reason for this is that many comedy clubs won’t let in children, but cultivating a good sense of humor is an important part of child-rearing.

     

    • Anti-Crowley

      I heard a GREAT joke about LUCA last week, but I don’t remember the punchline.  Help me out Zenc.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        Darwin’s momma so fat, she ask LUCA for diet tips.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    At least part of the reason for this is that many comedy clubs won’t let in children, but cultivating a good sense of humor is an important part of child-rearing.

     

  • Anonymous

    What?! You mean atheists are open minded enough to let their children make informed decisions about their own religious preferences and that they interact with theirs peers in terms of human spiritual society?

  • Anonymous

    What?! You mean atheists are open minded enough to let their children make informed decisions about their own religious preferences and that they interact with theirs peers in terms of human spiritual society?

  • Calypso_1

    What?! You mean atheists are open minded enough to let their children make informed decisions about their own religious preferences and that they interact with their peers in terms of human spiritual society?

    • Butter Knife

      Well obviously they need to be banned from the meetings on how best to oppress and subjugate the Christians! What nerve they have, doing this just in time for the busy season: Christmas can’t very well be destroyed without the scientists’ help. Do they have no sense of loyalty to the conspiracy?

      • Redacted

        You fool! You told them everything!

    • Anti-Crowley

      Apparently not 83% of them if you read the article.

  • Butter Knife

    Well obviously they need to be banned from the meetings on how best to oppress and subjugate the Christians! What nerve they have, doing this just in time for the busy season: Christmas can’t very well be destroyed without the scientists’ help. Do they have no sense of loyalty to the conspiracy?

  • Butter Knife

    Well obviously they need to be banned from the meetings on how best to oppress and subjugate the Christians! What nerve they have, doing this just in time for the busy season: Christmas can’t very well be destroyed without the scientists’ help. Do they have no sense of loyalty to the conspiracy?

  • Butter Knife

    Well obviously they need to be banned from the meetings on how best to oppress and subjugate the Christians! What nerve they have, doing this just in time for the busy season: Christmas can’t very well be destroyed without the scientists’ help. Do they have no sense of loyalty to the conspiracy?

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    no worries
    Santa will forgive their hypocrisy
    the Easter Bunny will still deliver candy to the kids
    western consumer gods are very forgiving

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    no worries
    Santa will forgive their hypocrisy
    the Easter Bunny will still deliver candy to the kids
    western consumer gods are very forgiving

  • BuzzCoastin

    no worries
    Santa will forgive their hypocrisy
    the Easter Bunny will still deliver candy to the kids
    western consumer gods are very forgiving

    • Tuna Ghost

      Both Santa and the Easter Bunny have origins in religious traditions.  Very old european pagan traditions, but there you go.

  • Suddenly Spam!

    You fool! You told them everything!

  • Suddenly Spam!

    You fool! You told them everything!

  • Random0145841

    this hypocrites, giving and receiving christmas presents…
    *rolleyes*

  • Random0145841

    this hypocrites, giving and receiving christmas presents…
    *rolleyes*

  • Anti-Crowley

    I heard a GREAT joke about LUCA last week, but I don’t remember the punchline.  Help me out Zenc.

  • Anti-Crowley

    Apparently not 83% of them if you read the article.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Darwin’s momma so fat, she ask LUCA for diet tips.

  • DeepCough

    Truth be told, just because you grew up with prejudice doesn’t mean your kids have to.

  • DeepCough

    Truth be told, just because you grew up with prejudice doesn’t mean your kids have to.

  • http://gamefaced.blogspot.com/ valerie

    just call it giftmas.
    besides atheism isn’t about shutting religion out of kid’s lives. they have to be painfully aware of its existence in order to properly loathe it..

  • valerie

    just call it giftmas.
    besides atheism isn’t about shutting religion out of kid’s lives. they have to be painfully aware of its existence in order to properly loathe it..

  • Tuna Ghost

    Both Santa and the Easter Bunny have origins in religious traditions.  Very old european pagan traditions, but there you go.