When people think of science and faith, they think of conflict: school board wars over evolution, the Big Bang vs. Genesis, medical treatment vs. faith healing.

But in reality, there’s less conflict between faith and religion—and especially, less conflict between believers and scientists—than many Americans think, says Elaine Howard Ecklund.

“I think we want to make our congregations places that are friendly to all kinds of big questions, and questions of existential crisis and meaning and science are a part of those for many people,” she said.

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