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#35651 - 02/21/08 11:45 AM Do you think the appropriate gene may be located?
oenophore Offline
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Oxford to Study Faith in God

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LONDON (AP) — University of Oxford researchers will spend nearly $4 million to study why mankind embraces God. The grant to the Ian Ramsey Center for Science and Religion will bring anthropologists, theologians, philosophers and other academics together for three years to study whether belief in a divine being is a basic part of mankind's makeup.

"There are a lot of issues. What is it that is innate in human nature to believe in God, whether it is gods or something superhuman or supernatural?" said Roger Trigg, acting director of the center.

He said anthropological and philosophical research suggests that faith in God is a universal human impulse found in most cultures around the world, even though it has been waning in Britain and western Europe.

"One implication that comes from this is that religion is the default position, and atheism is perhaps more in need of explanation," he said.

The study will be funded by the John Templeton Foundation, a U.S.-based philanthropic organization that funds wide-ranging research into questions that deal with the laws of nature and issues of spirituality.
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#35654 - 02/21/08 05:06 PM Re: Do you think the appropriate gene may be located? [Re: oenophore]
Mike Rawdon Offline

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Why would God create some people without said gene?? (S)He must have a masochistic streak. Or maybe atheists are created by the Devil.

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#35661 - 02/21/08 08:20 PM Re: Do you think the appropriate gene may be located? [Re: Mike Rawdon]
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or perhaps we just created both in our own stupid little mind to explain the things we couldnt figure out 10,000 years ago, and we just can't get it out of our heads.
like an annoying song.
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#35664 - 02/21/08 09:12 PM Re: Do you think the appropriate gene may be located? [Re: empicard]
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But Evan...

the world isn't 10,000 years old... it's only 7,000!

The bible says so!
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#35674 - 02/22/08 05:54 PM Re: Do you think the appropriate gene may be located? [Re: Dillbag]
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oh sh!t. i forgot.
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#35678 - 02/22/08 08:46 PM Re: Do you think the appropriate gene may be located? [Re: Mike Rawdon]
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Why would anyone think God is a he or a she?

When gender is in question, he is gramatically correct.
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#35764 - 03/02/08 07:27 PM Re: Do you think the appropriate gene may be located? [Re: Arms]
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the planet is only 6000 years old. don't any of you watch fox news.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page

this will help explain things
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