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Friday, February 06, 2009

Designed to believe in God

The UK Daily Mail Online has an article that quotes this week's issue of New Scientist as reporting that human brains are "hard wired to believe in God." We are biologically engineered to believe that things have a design and purpose, and to believe that our minds are separate from our bodies.

Now, what evolutionary purpose would that serve?

Even scientists can stumble on Truth now and then. The Bible says "...the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness..." Romans 2:15 ESV

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At 10:09 PM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

Groups who believe in God might be more cohesive and better at fighting their godless competitors for limited resources.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Bobmo said...

The problem with the materialist religion is that its adherents have no way of knowing if any of their thinking is correct, since their minds are merely the product of blind chemical forces! Electrons and protons know nothing of truth. And Natural Selection is only about survival and propagation of the species.

If our brains are hard wired to believe in God, I'd like to know how scientists circumvent that wiring and end up choosing to believe the opposite? Are they using something other than their minds?

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

What knowledge do theists have access to that non-theists don't? Is there a difference in believing and knowing?

If intelligence is caused by a soul, then what purpose does the brain serve?

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Dedwarmo said...

Atheism could be a defect in the brain like autism.

At 8:58 PM, Blogger Bobmo said...

Like alcoholism is a disease.

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Bobmo said...

Where it counts -- the existence of God, for instance -- theists and non-theists have access to the same information. "The heavens declare the Glory of God..." (Psalm 19:1)

There is a difference between believing and knowing. Unless what you believe is correct, then there is no difference.

"If intelligence is caused by a soul, then what purpose does the brain serve?" Well, my mind is closely associated with my brain, in much the same sense that my thought are closely associated with letters on a paper, or with these blog comments.


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