Author: Fr. Joop Schopman, PhD
Given the Laplacian contention that the world around us can be understood (and our lives can be lived) without a God, and that secularization (of religion) is often interpreted as the natural outcome of the process initiated by the birth of the natural sciences, one might expect that atheism will be more widespread among scientists than in other groups of the society. The author, a Dutch physicist, refutes this stand noting that in the 1990’s a very large portion of the Dutch scientists still has a religious background. They are not necessarily “church-goers” but work out of assumptions that are essentially religious.