ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2011) — Some atheist scientists with children embrace religious traditions for social and personal reasons, according to research from Rice University and the University at Buffalo — The State University of New York (SUNY).
The study also found that some atheist scientists want their children to know about different religions so their children can make informed decisions about their own religious preferences.
The individuals surveyed cited personal and social reasons for integrating religion into their lives, including:
- Scientific identity — Study participants wish to expose their children to all sources of knowledge (including religion) and allow them to make their own choices about a religious identity.
- Spousal influence — Study participants are involved in a religious institution because of influence from their spouse or partner.
- Desire for community — Study participants want a sense of moral community and behavior, even if they don’t agree with the religious reasoning.