A study just released finds that one in five atheist scientists participate in religious communities after they have children, indicating that atheist scientists are not against religion as much as we may be led to believe. According to the study, there are three major reasons why they participate in religion once they become parents:
- They have a spouse who is religious.
- They want to have a sense of of moral community and be with others who are raising children.
- They do it out of intellectual honesty, to let their children make up their own minds about God and religion.
The study, “Atheists and Agnostics Negotiate Religion and Family” by Elaine Howard Ecklund and Kristen Schultz Lee, shows that religion and family life are very deeply intertwined in America. It was published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.