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Every society for as far back as we can study has had a set of religious beliefs and rituals. The current research shows that this is about how our brains work. Whether they were created that way to lead us to the Divine or evolved that way in order to create community for advantage in survival we may never know as scientific certainty. And that brings us back to faith, as this study predicted it would.
“…religion is not just something for a peculiar few to do on Sundays instead of playing golf. We have gathered a body of evidence that suggests that religion is a common fact of human nature across different societies. This suggests that attempts to suppress religion are likely to be short-lived as human thought seems to be rooted to religious concepts, such as the existence of supernatural agents or gods, and the possibility of an afterlife or pre-life.’ -Roger Trigg in Science Daily
Writing Prompt: Exercise your imagination and create a world where there is no religion.
Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about the afterlife?
Art Prompt: The Religious Brain
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