In chapter 4, Ecklund focuses on the more than 20 percent of scientists who see themselves as spiritual but not religious in a traditional sense. She presents the spirituality of scientists as a continuum of relevance, with many scientists on one end owning a spirituality that seems to be lacking in content and an accompanying sense of responsibility. She also presents a new group of scientists, which she calls spiritual entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs have a spiritual impulse that is “thicker,” marked by a search for truth compatible with the scientific method, belief in a meaning that is greater than the individual, a coherence that unifies the various spheres of life, and engagement with the ethical dimensions of science and the worldwide community.
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