Research in Science Education

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 399–427 | Cite as

Religious beliefs in science classrooms

  • Robert Fysh
  • Keith B. Lucas


The question of the relationship between science and religion assumes importance for many secondary school students of science, especially but not exclusively for those in Christian schools. Science as presented in many school classrooms is not as objective and value free as it might seem on first examination, nor does it represent adequately the range of beliefs about science held by students and teachers. This paper reports part of a larger research study into beliefs about science and religion held by students, teachers and clergy in a Lutheran secondary school. Results indicate that participants in the study was the relationship between science and religious belief in ways unforeseen and unappreciated by traditional school science programs. The stories of selected participants are told and they frame a discussion of implications of the study for science teaching.


Science Teaching Science Teacher Religious Belief Science Classroom World View 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St Peters Lutheran CollegeAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Mathematics and Science EducationQueensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia

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