Scientific and Religious Habits of Mind

Irreconcilable Tensions in the Curriculum

by Ron Good (Author)
©2005 Textbook XII, 106 Pages
Series: Complicated Conversation, Volume 8


The open, inquiring nature of science is fundamentally incompatible with the closed, authoritarian nature of most religious training. Reasons for rejection of personal god concepts by Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Bertrand Russell are used by this author to underline this incompatibility and to show how each of these important scientists came to reject organized religion. Conflicts between scientific and religious habits of mind are described and ideas for education are offered. Common assumptions about our natural environment and human nature are shown to be obstacles to scientific literacy and to a sound liberal education. Research on the nature of the relationship between scientific and religious habits of mind is proposed, recognizing the potential incompatibilities between these important influences in society.


XII, 106
ISBN (Softcover)
staat Religion Naturwissenschaften
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XII, 106 pp.

Biographical notes

Ron Good (Author)

The Author: Ron Good received his Ph.D. in science education in 1968 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1968 to 1987 he served as Professor of Science Education at Florida State University, and in a similar position at Louisiana State University from 1987 to 2002. He is the former editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University.


Title: Scientific and Religious Habits of Mind