Let's be frank, it makes us feel better when people that we recognize as highly intelligent professionals share our views. Whether the issue is politics, raising children, artistic taste or the very existence of God, there is a natural tendency to see what the "pros" think. After all, that's how we learn and grow much of the time.
It is often regarded that science and religion are somewhat, if not entirely incompatible, and that most scientists do not in fact, believe in god and faith. Elaine Howard Ecklund however, just finished conducting the first systematic investigation of what scientists think about God and religion.
I'd like to quote and extend courtesy to the Templeton Foundation for their review of her book, "Science Vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think" Oxford University Press, April 2010.
"In her research, Ecklund surveyed nearly 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She finds that most of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. Nearly 50 percent of them are religious. Many others are what she calls "spiritual entrepreneurs," seeking creative ways to work with the tensions between science and faith outside the constraints of traditional religion.
The book centers around vivid portraits of 10 representative men and women working in the natural and social sciences at top American research universities. Ecklund reveals how scientists—believers and skeptics alike—are struggling to engage the increasing number of religious students in their classrooms and argues that many scientists are searching for "boundary pioneers" to cross the picket lines separating science and religion."
We should not be surprised by Ecklund's findings. In one respect, the scientific community has more reason to believe in a creator since they are more acquainted with the incomprehensible complexity and design of creation. From Einstein, to Hawking, many of the world's top scientists acknowledge in some basic way the existence of God and/or the creative force behind all the natural laws we see in action. Dr. Francis Collins, who led the Human Genome Project and is considered "one of the most accomplished scientists of our time" (Endocrine Society) considers scientific discovery, "an opportunity to worship" as stated in his 2006 book, "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief".
All of this to say, the scientific community is not a group, mostly made of up of atheists and agnostics. They are intelligent men and women who have thoughtfully and logically considered their position on God and faith. They often give more thought to the issue than the average person because their jobs and reputations can often be put in jeopardy if they were to acknowledge belief in God--and fortunately, this appears to be changing. I say "fortunately" not because this is a crusade against atheism, but rather, it opens the academic area up to all possible explanations and allows mankind to more honestly pursue the truth without bias or constraint.
In summary...don't let someone tell you that the scientific community as a whole doesn't believe in God.
Pastor Adam Barton