Comments on: Is there a “religionome” and can it be mapped? Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mark Mon, 19 May 2008 22:03:23 +0000 Faith by definition is the belief in something without evidence so it would be quite ironic if science explained faith.
Religion persists because children are brainwashed to believe it and also because we are selfish animals at heart and when we think of death we desperately hope that it is not the end and but into the myth of heaven which our forebearers dreamt up.
Frankly Ill be glad when I die and there is nothing. Better than being forever watched over by big brother in the sky, constantly being judged.

By: Gerbertaurillac Tue, 06 May 2008 14:33:37 +0000 The simple fact of the matter is that this research will change not one iota of orthodox Christian theology.

What are they going to find out? That we don’t have ESP to communicate with the divine? That spiritual experiences are based to a large degree on imagination and acceptance of authoritative revelation? That people can have different temperaments, one of which makes them more prone to trust the basis of their spiritual experience as truth?

Well guess what. This was all hashed out and accepted by the scholastics before we knew the solar system was heliocentric.

The only reason people are looking for a “god gene” or wondering if science can explain faith is due to a simple reason. Today the bible is accepted as a “magic book” that can tell the average layman all he needs to know about it simply by reading it. No historical or textual criticism or context is required. Coupled with that is the idea that all we need to do is “feel the spirit” and we become authorities about what God wants.

Faith deals with non-empirical revelation. So no, science can’t explain faith because it needs something empirical to apply the scientific method to. It can help determine the naturalistic causes why some might be more temperamentally suited to a religious life. But what impact this would have on faith itself has already been figured out centuries ago.

By: sofia Tue, 06 May 2008 11:41:01 +0000 we ll my comment is this that, one day science will proof the religious zone in human body. i belive in religious and god.