November 5, 2009

Religion and Science: A Timeline

This timeline was written by David Masci, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

In this research package

Religion and Science in the United States
An overview of the relationship between religion and science.

Public Opinion
Most Americans, including most religious Americans, hold scientific research and scientists themselves in high regard.

Scientists and Belief
Some scientists believe religion and science each examine legitimate but different realms of knowledge, while others see science as the only true way of understanding the universe.

Religion and Science: A Timeline
This timeline highlights key events in the debate about the relationship between religion and science.

Photo credits: DNA: iStockPhoto; Madrassa: Corbis; Copernican solar system, Corbis; Galileo: Getty Images; Isaac Newton: Corbis; Charles Darwin: Julia Margaret Cameron; Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan: Corbis; Adam: iStockPhoto; Big Bang: Getty Images; Richard Dawkins: Corbis.