Scientific search for God leads reporter back to faith

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(UNDATED) For more than a year, Barbara Bradley Hagerty was a sleuth on God’s trail, hunting for evidence of the divine as far afield as a Native American tepee, brain scans, and epilepsy clinics. As chronicled in her new book, “Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality,” the award-winning National Public Radio […]

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    “In the end, Bradley Hagerty said, it comes down to how you read the evidence. Hardcore atheists can look at the body and see a closed system of cells and electrical currents. Believers see an elaborate circuitry meant for something beyond remembering birthdays and shopping lists: it’s hard-wired to connect with God.”

    I believe most hardcore atheists say that our brains are, in fact, hard-wired for God. If humans grew up interacting with their evironment, it makes sense that their “cells and electrical currents” reflect an ongoing exchange with the outside world.

    I think that the real question we face now and the pivotal difference between “believers” and “non-believers” is not in whether or not humans are hard-wired for God, it is in whether or not God talks back.

    We already know that certain parts of the brain light up during a religious experience, and that stuff is all very fascinating, but it doesn’t answer the core question: Is this God speaking to us, conjuring thoughts out of a spongy, nervous stump, or is it the product of a long and self-propelled evolutionary process?

    How do you go about answering that question anyway – is it the push or the pull?

    And don’t say “it’s both.”

    Although, maybe it is.

    But that was just the easy way out of those papers you wrote in college for World Religions class.