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The relation between science and religion has always been a question of interest since the early 19th century. Following international tendencies, in the past ten years a related polemic about evolution has become increasingly intensive in Hungary. The starting point of our research was the assumption that differences exist in the views of those with a factual knowledge of evolution (e.g. students who learned about evolution and studied aspects of it in laboratory, etc.), and those, whose attitudes towards evolution were formed exclusively by a general world view they devote themselves to. Subjects were university students. Questions we asked were the following: To what extent and in what way are students religious? Are biology students less or more religious then the average university student? Can religion encourage (or discourage) scientific thinking? Do insights of religion and of science complement or contradict each other? Do religion and science refer to the same kind of reality? What contributes more to a student's thinking about evolution: is it (lack or) existence of religious background or is it university education? Do students of biology attempt to reconcile evolution and creation? We discuss the background and present and analyse the - sometimes surprising - results.

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