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Programmed for Spirituality: How and Why Belief in God is Inherent Shweta Patro Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Abstract
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Programmed for Spirituality 2 The existence of God and evidence for it has long been an unsolvable question. Thinkers throughout the ages have pondered this question, and with good reason. God, if he exists, is the sole reason that we exist. For centuries, philosophers have been offering proof for the teleological argument for God (that the complexity of the universe is proof that he created it). However, modern biological science has only recently come up with another proof for the teleological argument. Genetic and neurological research has shown that humans have a genetic predisposition for belief in God and spirituality. A tendency for faith in a higher power is wired into the human genome and brain. This inclination indicates that God exists as a Creator and has designed humans to believe in him and try to reach him. Using various psychological, neurological, and genetic studies, the genetic basis and larger function of this “spiritual DNA” is elucidated. The striking proof of God’s existence, as demonstrated by biological science, reveals that the real question to be asked is not whether God exists, but how each individual should try to know him. Programmed for Spirituality: How and Why Belief in God is Inherent
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Programmed for Spirituality 3 One of the most well known arguments for God’s existence is known as the teleological argument. The universe is a phenomenally interdependent, organized system. It is a byzantine machine with trillions of interlocking parts: each object affects many others. The organization of the universe is a feat not easily accomplished, even by chance. Even if it is possible according to statistical theory, the random assembly of the universe is certainly not probable. In addition, everything in existence must come from something greater that existed before it (the Mona Lisa came from Leonardo Da Vinci’s mind). The universe can be explained as a product of something higher than itself, namely, God (Jones & Wilson, 2006; Strobel, 2004). Philosophers and theologians throughout history have used the brilliance of God’s design as proof of his existence. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, for example, believed that the human eye achieved sight, not by luck, but by design. The inner portion of the human eye is very delicate, with specialized nerve endings and a fragile mixture of fluids and fibers. It could not have developed separately and survived without the tough, protective outer sclera. God, claimed Socrates, was the one that arranged this symbiotic relationship (James, 2001). William Paley, a philosopher during the time of Darwin brought another aspect to the ontological argument: the “Watchmaker” analogy. Watches are designed to measure the precise time by a watchmaker. In the same way, the universe is designed by God to do its own work (Paley, 1802). Nature has also
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