We were created to believe

A century ago many people believed that human enlightenment would eventually banish religious belief. But it hasn’t happened, and this has caused some researchers, like Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, to think that belief in God is actually hard-wired into our brains and may actually be part of the evolutionary process. His work is supported by other researchers who have found evidence linking religious feelings and experience to particular regions of the brain.
As long as human culture has existed, some form of belief in a divine presence has been central to it. Even Stalin and Mao Tse Tung couldn’t destroy it. Why is that? Well, I think nothing says it better than those words from the Bible, ‘God has set eternity in our hearts.’ We were created to believe.

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6 Responses to We were created to believe

  1. makagutu says:

    We are not hard wired to believe in god. We have a tendency towards being superstitious. There are people who have never had a belief in god until they met evangelists

    • I don’t think researchers like Prof Bruce Hood would agree with you, particularly in the light of Stephen Hawking’s recent address at Cambridge when he said that the near death experience of his brother, who was clinically dead for 43 minutes after a heart attack last October, radically changed his view on the nature of human consciousness and the Universe as a whole
      “My brother has always been a role model for me. His rational, cunning and no non-sense mind has shaped my personality into the person I am today and has led me into the study of the fascinating world of physics. But since his accident last October, he has come back a changed man…“Modern science relies on the perception that consciousness lies within the human brain, but what my brother experienced during his clinical death, I cannot explain. Does consciousness lie outside of the human body? Is the human brain just a receptor, capable of receiving the “consciousness wave” as AM/FM radios receive radio waves? These are questions modern science has not yet answered and could redefine our view of the Universe and modern physics completely.”

      • makagutu says:

        How does lengthy quote answer my objection?

      • Sorry for the lengthy quote. It is difficult to provide a one-line answer to what I believe to be a simplistic assessment of Prof Bruce Hood’s conclusions. To dismiss the wealth of theological thought and religious experience merely as a human tendency towards ‘superstition’ does not do it justice and is lacking in intellectual rigour. I quoted Stephen Hawking – often considered to be the greatest mind of our era – in order to demonstrate that even he, a professed atheist, is beginning to open his mind to the existence of a spiritual reality that transcends the material confines of present earthly existence.

      • makagutu says:

        Vincent, you seem to misunderstand me, i don’t know if it is intentional. Being open to spirituality or superstition doesn’t equate god. The argument by Plantinga that we have a god hole in our being is useless and I can dismiss it.

  2. Sorry if I have misunderstood. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

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