The God GeneBy: Hamer, Dean H.
LEADING GENETICIST DEAN HAMER CRACKS THE CODE BEHIND WHY WE ARE
PREDISPOSED TO BELIEVE IN GOD. IN A BOOK THAT BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN
RELIGION AND SCIENCE, HAMER BRILLIANTLY ILLUMINATES HOW OUR
INCLINATION TOWARD FAITH IS INFLUENCED BY OUR GENES.
overwhelming majority of Americans believe in God, expressing a conviction
that has existed since the beginning of recorded time and is shared by
billions around the world. In The God Gene, Dr. Dean Hamer reveals
that this inclination toward religious faith is no accident; it is in good
measure due to our genes. In fact, he argues, spiritual belief may offer
an evolutionary advantage by providing humans with a sense of purpose and
the courage and will to overcome hardship and loss. And, as a growing body
of evidence suggests, belief also increases our chances of reproductive
survival by helping to reduce stress, prevent disease, and extend life.
Hamer shows that new discoveries in behavioral genetics and
neurobiology indicate that humans inherit a set of predispositions that
make their brains ready and eager to embrace a higher power. By analyzing
the genetic makeup of over a thousand people of different ages and
backgrounds, and comparing their DNA samples against a scale that measures
spirituality, Hamer actually identified a specific God gene that appears
to influence spirituality.
Popular science at its best, The God
Gene is an in-depth, fully accessible inquiry into the cutting-edge
research that is changing the way we think about ourselves, our world, and
our culture. Written with balance and integrity, without seeking to
confirm or deny the existence of God, The God Gene brilliantly
illuminates the mechanism by which belief itself is biologically fostered.
Its a book that bridges the gap between science and religion, and one
that will appeal to the readers of Genesis and Genome