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13652Re: [Death To Religion] Re: The Faith Instinct

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  • Richard Godwin
    Jan 4, 2011
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      There is no need for any innate religious inclination to explain the
      varieties of expression in societies, such as standard of living. Probably
      simply it's a matter of which is more dominate. There is some evidence in
      history of religion for innateness to have evolved over the entire time of
      growth of the frontal lobes in the proto-human brain.


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      Subject: [Death To Religion] Re: The Faith Instinct

      > The biggest problem with any conjecture that religion is somehow innate in
      > humans is that it doesn't explain why it disappears in societies that
      > provide a high standard of living.
      > I suspect what is actually going on is that religion is a mechanism of
      > coping with bad conditions, probably through a mixture of the
      > socialisation that it provides (and which a bowling league could also
      > provide) and the idea that there is another life that will be better than
      > the miserable life the person is currently leading (not exactly something
      > your average bowling league could provide).
      > See
      > http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=norris_27_2
      > and http://www.ipri.pt/eventos/pdf/Paper_Norris%20and%20Inglehart.pdf
      > (which the former is basically a shorter version of).
      > --- In deathtoreligion@yahoogroups.com, "eh60driver" wrote:
      >> I am reading an interesting book called "The Faith Instinct: How
      >> Religion Evolved and Why It Endures" by Nicholas Wade. It speaks of
      >> the evolution of religion from man's hunter/gatherer days to today's
      >> mega-churches. It begs the question, "Did we evolve this instinct
      >> as a method of survival to enable groups of people to interact and
      >> bond together or were we endowed with this instinct by god so that
      >> we may seek him/her/it out for purposes of worship"? Do humans need
      >> religion?
      >> Does Humanity need religion? The book does not much address the
      >> existence of a god, but our tendency to band together for worship.
      >> Wouldn't a bowling league be as effective?
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