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This is the 9th of nine posts describing "Reasons for Skepticism" derived from scientific discovery, not from wishful speculations about the supernatural. These will be followed by several "Reconciliation Theories" for bridging the growing chasm between science and religion.
9. Most scientists are atheists. Numerous studies correlate religious belief inversely with intelligence and education in science. A commonly quoted study found that 93% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences are atheists, a number that increases when only those in the natural sciences such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, and biology are considered.
Given the uncertain validity of religion, to whom shall we look for good thinking on the subject—brilliant scientists who rigorously and objectively investigate their subject, or people whose beliefs are based on dogma derived from the musings of uneducated mystics of 2,000 years ago and perpetuated by self-serving institutions?
I am unable to reconcile the foregoing scientifically derived facts (the nine "reasons for skepticism") with religious faith. Like most scientists, I hold that science and religion are irreconcilable.
Each person must decide, do I accept the findings of science, or do I reject those findings in favor of supernatural dogma first declared true by mystics who lived two millennia in the past? A third option is available, I choose not to think about it, but my guess is that people who choose not to think about the question have not read this far.