I’m re-blogging this because, as Emily points out, the findings of three separate studies, highlight an interesting side effect that is somewhat counter intuitive, and therefore initially surprising.
Why are humanities students more likely to give up faith than science students?
Posted on September 24, 2015 by Emily on Fatheism
College students who study social sciences and humanities are more likely to lose their religion than those who study science (particularly biology and physical science). Weird, right? This runs completely counter to what we’d expect. In fact, when I asked readers/viewers on Periscope whether studying the sciences or humanities is more likely to produce atheism/agnosticism, nobody said humanities. Many viewers requested the citations for these findings because of course studying science pokes holes in religious dogma–it provides a natural, evidence-based, replicable way of understanding the world. But alas, we’ve been ignoring the hole-poking abilities of the humanities and social sciences. A number of studies have looked into this sociological phenomenon.
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