- 5 years ago
I’m a regular poster going anon for this post because I am worried it might be perceived wrong. I am genuinely curious about this and have been for some time. Some background:
I work in a university department with a dozen PhDs. All of them are staunch atheists. A work discussion the other day revealed that many of them feels as though higher education allows people a higher probability of being agnostic or atheist or not “blindly believing things” as they put it.
This department is not even a very scientific or science-related department, but all the faculty have PhDs.
I started to wonder: is there a correlation between higher education and religious affiliation? And if so, is the higher education usually in a scientific field?
Conversely, I recently read a yearly survey put out by MedScape measuring physician satisfaction with their specialites and lives in general. One of the questions measured religious/spiritual affiliation (asking “are you religious/spiritual”) and the majority of physicians answered “yes” they are religious/spiritual, thus completely debunking the discussion had by the faculty. Woudln’t you think that doctors would be some of the most agnostic/atheistic group?
In your opinion, is there a correlation between level of education and religion? And what about socioeconomic status? Is there a pattern, or is it all compeltely random?
After researching, it seems that what I’ve read is many non-religious secular people are highly educated–but many clergymen and women have doctorate level divinity degrees. Is it all totally random?
I was surprised by the sample my department made–all being non-religious atheists, but knew it was too small to really be a representative of any one population. I figured a poll here could at least garner a few dozen more answers.
This poll is rudimentary as I know there are MANY choices and WB only gives me so many lines to use. I am going to try to get it right. I’d love to hear your input.
This poll doesn’t have an “other” choice because I used them all up. I really am interested in all of your answers and views. This is, BY NO MEANS, meant to be offensive or say one thing or another about education and/or religion. I hope this can be a constructive and dynamic discussion!