Science & Education

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 461–478

Physics and the Possibility of a Religious View of the Universe: Swedish Upper Secondary Students’ Views


DOI: 10.1007/s11191-006-9036-8

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HANSSON, L. & REDFORS, A. Sci Educ (2007) 16: 461. doi:10.1007/s11191-006-9036-8


This study is addressing both upper secondary students’ views of whether it is possible to combine a scientific view of the universe with a religious conviction, and their views of miracles. Students are asked about their own views as well as the views they associate with physics. The study shows that in some cases the students’ own views differ from the views they associate with physics. This we consider to be a possible problem for these students. Through looking at how the students explain the views they associate with physics concerning the issues above, we show that these views are for many of the students intertwined with and linked to other views, that in the students’ views, are part of the worldview of physics. It is common that the students associate scientism with physics. We question whether these kinds of views are necessary for the building of scientific knowledge. Consequences for the teaching and learning of science are discussed.


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  1. 1.Kristianstad University and FontDKristianstadSweden