Many scientists are religious people—men and women of faith—believers in God.  This section features some of the religious scientists who appear in different entries on these Faith and Science pages. Some of these scientists are well-known, others less so. Many are Catholic, many are not. Most are Christian, but some are not.

Some of these scientists of faith have lived saintly lives. Many scientists who are faith-full tend to describe science as an effort to understand the works of God and thus to grow closer to God. Quite a few describe their work in science almost as a duty they have to seek to improve the lives of their fellow human beings through greater understanding of the world around them. But the people featured here are featured because they are scientists, not because they are saints (even when they are, in fact, saints). Scientists tend to be creative, independent-minded and confident of their ideas. Religious scientists can be prone to conflict: Newton disagreed with his fellow Anglicans over matters of Trinitarian theology; Kepler squabbled with his fellow Lutherans over fine points of doctrine; Galileo is the most well-known case. 

We also maintain a longer listing of scientists of faith who may or may not be discussed on these Faith and Science pages—click here for that listing.