That's the beginning of the title of an article in the Daily Mail. Here's an extract:
A study into the way children's brains develop suggests that during the process of evolution those with religious tendencies began to benefit from their beliefs - possibly by working in groups to ensure the future of their community.
The findings of Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, suggest that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth, and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force.
His work is supported by other researchers who have found evidence linking religious feelings and experience to particular regions of the brain.
They suggest people are programmed to receive a feeling of spirituality from electrical activity in these areas.
The findings challenge atheists such as Richard Dawkins, the author of The God Delusion, who has long argued that religious beliefs result from poor education and childhood 'indoctrination'.
Professor Hood believes it is futile to try to get people to abandon their beliefs because these come from such a 'fundamental level'.
'Our research shows children have a natural, intuitive way of reasoning that leads them to all kinds of supernatural beliefs about how the world works,' he said.
'As they grow up they overlay these beliefs with more rational approaches but the tendency to illogical supernatural beliefs remains as religion.'
The professor, who will present his findings at the British Science Association's annual meeting this week, sees organised religion as just part of a spectrum of supernatural beliefs.
There's more at the link.
Speaking as a believer, I'm somewhat surprised that Professor Hood hasn't identified one obvious corollary. Sure, it's possible - from a purely secular viewpoint - that belief in God is the result of a primitive electrical activity in the brain. The question is, how did that electrical activity originate? If we are, indeed, created by an infinite and all-powerful God, isn't it likely that He would have implanted in our human nature the capacity to know Him? Might that be the reason why those electrical activities exist in the first place?
I don't expect the good Professor to answer that. After all, it can't be answered, scientifically speaking. However, from my perspective of faith, it's a not unreasonable proposition.
What say you, Labrat and Stingray?