Rod Dreher discusses a new study finding that young people today (ages 18 to 29) do not find the same degree of conflict between religion and science that many older Americans do. Young people’s views often reflect broader trends in society, which may mean that the fairly recent “conflict” between faith and science may be on its way out. Clay Maynard’s recent article points out that some of our greatest thinkers have grappled with the idea of God, but his focus is on some of today’s intellectuals. Rewinding into the not-too-distant past finds that many of history’s greatest scientific minds, including Galileo and Copernicus, believed their work actually supported evidence for God. Some even believe Darwin, who studied to be an Anglican parson, delayed publication of his seminal book on evolution given his concern it would be interpreted as a challenge to Christianty. But today many leading scientists no longer see faith and science as incompatible. Apparently, that view is making its way into the consciousness of our young people and our future.
“It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length.” —Helen Keller