Brits to study belief in God.

BIV

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Metro News Source:
>>British Study Will Investigate Why People Believe In God

(London) -- The age-old question of why people believe in God will be the focus of a major religion study at England's Oxford University, according to "Times Online." During the three-year study, the British researchers will try to develop, quote, "a scientific reason for why we believe in God and other issues around the nature and origin of religious belief." They will try to determine if belief in God has given humans an evolutionary advantage and whether faith is a byproduct of human characteristics.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand GO!
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I'm going to go with a combination of:
1. It's an evolutionary trait.
2. They were brainwashed as a child.
3. They are weak.
4. They are ignorant.
 

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Question: What do you do if you're a dyslexic agnostic insomniac?

Answer: You lie awake at night wondering if there's a dog.
 

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I'll stick with 2, 3 & 4.
Actually, there have been studies that indicate that the reason there are so many people who are spiritually inclined is that people with religious beliefs were better able to deal with death in the early days of our species. Those who could handle death could overcome their fear and kill a Mastodon or fight off people who threatened his family. Thus those with religious beliefs fared better in natural selection and now we have the mess we have today.

There are a few good books about the "God spot of the brain" that triggers whenever humans do anything spiritual. (pray, meditate, etc.)

Of course, much like a man's genetic pre-disposition to want 14-year-old girls or act violently, not being able to fight your animal instincts in the modern world is just a sign of weakness.
 
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Actually, there have been studies that indicate that the reason there are so many people who are spiritually inclined is that people with religious beliefs were better able to deal with death in the early days of our species.
Okay, fine! 1 & 2 & 3 & 4, then! :icon_mrgr
 

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I got your answer. There is no proof of god and there never will be. Thus why its a belief and and not science. Science and religion just will not work together.
 

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I got your answer. There is no proof of god and there never will be. Thus why its a belief and and not science. Science and religion just will not work together.
I think you have missed the point of the study. The point of the study is to determine why we believe, not if the belief is legit.
 

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Our brains were wired differently back then, causing us to hallucinate more often.
 

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God gave to man an innate knowledge of the devine, that we may seek out his love and wisdom.