40% of scientists believe they have a relationship with God according to the latest polls...
As I said most of the famous scientists who did accept religion lived a long time ago. From Pew statistics - only 33 percent of polled scientists actually believe in God.
The "Scientists" polled in that study may have included people that most of us would consider scientists. Here is the explanation of how the participants were chosen:
"Results for the scientist survey are based on 2,533 online interviews conducted from May 1 to June 14, 2009 with members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. A sample of 9,998 members was drawn from the AAAS membership list excluding those who were not based in the United States or whose membership type identified them as primary or secondary-level educators.
Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and includes members representing all scientific fields. AAAS publishes Science, one of the most widely circulated peer-reviewed scientific journals in the world. Membership in AAAS is open to all."
Here is a list of the membership categories of AAAS:
IOW, ANYONE can join AAAS and only K-12 educators were excluded from the poll. Based on this, some of those polled could have included "Professional" members who were not scientists at all but were willing to pay the higher rate for that type of membership. It could also have included many of the recent wave of creationist fundies who have started to study science in recent years in order to try to refute it.
Finally, in spite of determined efforts by the researchers only 25% of those approached answered the poll questions.
Indeed. Perhaps a lot of the people who answered 'Atheist/Agnostic' were people who are not considered as being 'scientists'?
(Im kidding, we can assume anything with the statistics)
Its interesting to note that in the age bracket: 18-34 only 32% are agnostic/atheist...
Yes, that is because of the concerted effort by the religious right in recent years to infiltrate science and academia in order to undermine it and poison it with irrationality. They can't win the argument, so they are going to simply destroy the leaders of the opposition.
That is one of the reasons that I am sure that the number of "believers" found in the poll is artificially high.
Sorry, but some of that is inaccurate. First, Einstein did NOT believe in god. He denied being an atheist only because he thought the term was limited to "hard" atheism. He was, in fact, a "soft" atheist at the least--he didn't believe in god but wasn't willing to say that he was absolutely certain god didn't exist.
Also, it is my understanding that Galileo's observations included observations of the "phases" of Venus, meaning the changing shape of the part of Venus he could see that was lit by the sun--similar to phases of the moon. Such phases could only exist and be observed by him from Earth if Venus were orbiting the sun.
I gather you got this list of scientists from a Christian apologist site. That alone should tell you it is not reliable, as does the inclusion of Einstein.
I am looking through that site a bit now, but so far I see no mention of the fact that some of these scientists had to say that they believed in god in order to have jobs or even to stay alive. They did NOT have the freedom to state that they didn't believe in god. Thus, we don't know what some of them actually thought.