I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember – certainly since primary school and I know plenty of scientists who are Christian – although I don’t view it as a religion, for me it is a faith. To be honest I’ve not found anything in science that even challenges my faith.
It’s a bit of a myth you hear that scientists don’t believe in God – it depends. For me the more and more I find out about how cells work for example, the more complex you see that they are, then I tjust think it’s more amazing that God made it all. Whether he used evolution or not I don’t really care about that much.
I actually met more Christians my own age when I went to university than I had ever met before – hundreds of them. Now I’m part of a church in Dundee and we have loads of doctors, some scientists, engineers – every career you could think of to be honest. In fact one of the guys at my church has written a best selling book against RIchard Dawkins and he regularly travels around the world debating with people who say God doesn’t exist.
Atheism tends to be very cultural – I was in Mongolia a few years ago and it ws really interesting that loads of people my gran’s age didn’t believe in God because they had been brought up under communism when it was illegal to be Christian, Muslim etc. But the younger generation like my age and yours who were better educated and able to go to university, whether they were scientists or social workers were much more likely to believe in God, because they had more freedom to think about things and decide themselves.
I’m not personanlly religious but I know that many scientists are and it doesn’t and shouldn’t stop them from doing science. I think there are are areas of science that strongly conflict with some religious beliefs but again science is so wide ranging that I don’t think it would mean that you couldn’t do any science at all.