Relating science and religious belief is near impossible. Faith, the basis of most religion, can not be reliably quantified. Science demands that results be quantifiable. Bruce Hood, who has impressive credentials, has written about his explorations into this subject. He has some interesting conclusions. It is worth erxploring his blog site. The extraction below, is from one of his blogs which also touts one of his books on this subject. Google Bruce Hood, and you will find his site. Fun to explore some other view points. Fr. Orthohippo
I don’t really do scientific studies into the supernatural, but I am really interested in why so many adults in today’s modern world believe in the supernatural. According to the last large Gallup poll back in 2005, three out of every four Americans believe in some aspect of the paranormal – everything from haunted houses, ghosts, telepathy, pre-cognition or communication with the dead. Actually that figure must be higher if one considers religions which all have supernatural beings, because nine out of every ten Americans say that they are religious. I know what you are thinking – “Crazy Americans – they’ll believe anything. We in Europe are much more enlightened!” Well, we may have more atheists here in the UK (around four out of ten) but as a nation, we are just as likely to have supernatural beliefs. For example, we are just as likely to believe in haunted houses (40%), astrology (24%) and communication with the dead (27%)! Only belief in witches (13%) seems much lower than that found in the US (21%) and those figures have hardly changed over the past 20 years. I guess we are not that more rational than our colonial cousins.
So why do so many of us believe in the unbelievable?