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942834The Guardian: Faith has long been a puzzle for science, and it's no surprise why. By definition, faith demands belief without a need for supporting evidence, a concept that could not be more opposed to the principles of scientific inquiry. In the eyes of the scientist, an absence of evidence reduces belief to a hunch. It places the assumptions at the heart of many religions on the rockiest of ground. So why do so many people believe? Click here to read the story.

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What use is religion?, Mahalanobis
Secularization: Europe—yes, United States—no: why has secularization occurred in Western Europe but not in the United States?, The Skeptical Inquirer

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