Evolution and Religion

The New York Times magazine has a story up this week about research into the origins of religious belief. I think there's good evidence that humans are genetically predisposed toward the supernatural. Perhaps not a monotheistic god in heaven per se, but all of us have a touch of animism. We may just call it luck or fortune, or we may have a sense of there being a purpose to the world beyond us. The universe is a big place, and ascribing human or at least giving it anima helps us deal with what would otherwise be cold equations.

Evolution and Religion - Darwin’s God - Robin Marantz Henig - New York Times


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