Skip to comments.Thinking Can Undermine Religious Faith, Study Finds
Posted on 04/26/2012 7:47:20 PM PDT by lbryce
Scientists have revealed one of the reasons why some folks are less religious than others: They think more analytically, rather than going with their gut. And thinking analytically can cause religious belief to wane for skeptics and true believers alike.
The study, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, indicates that belief may be a more malleable feature of the human psyche than those of strong faith may think.
The cognitive origins of belief and disbelief traditionally haven't been explored with academic rigor, said lead author Will Gervais, a social psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
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But with time, asking questions, probing deeper into the inner workings of the world that surrounded him, Man began to learn, understand that the world around him was not rooted in supernatural power but that of principles of natural phenomena unraveled, as such the power, the belief in a supernatural deity, a God,diminished over time and continues to do so, by those who ask questions, seek out the truth, answer questions that religion, the belief in a God simply finds itself much too inadequate to resolve.
Dunno about that. I wandered through agnosticism and atheism and it was thinking that finally led me to God. Science offered no answers that weren’t based on a high degree of faith, along with contradictory and constantly changing theories.
I’m sure Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler would disagree.
And thusly the advocates of scientism have gone on to this day.
However they have only managed to shrivel and depersonalize the world with their presuppositions.
Rigorous, logical thinking does not play favorites when given the premises of theism. It works equally well with them as it does with the premises of atheism. Logic can’t furnish any premises any more than science can prove there isn’t a God. All the pretense of science to where theology had once been has done, is to cheapen the realm of knowledge, and reduce the view of man to that of some kind of automaton.
St. Thomas Aquinas would be so pleased.
If this is true, then how come pretty much every atheist I’ve ever met was atheist of the “my kitty died when I was 5 years old, therefore God doesn’t exist” mold?
My husband accuses me of being over analytical. Now I can tell him that just can't be true because I'm Catholic!
Here’s one to think about: they killed Christ and he came back. Now, how much thinking can overcome fact?
Good. Would someone please tell the Eastern orthodox Church this. I’m in the process of joining and most days the studying has my brain on life support.
Looks like another phishing "study"
100% emotional reaction of a child under horrible circumstances, and nothing rational or thoughtful about it.
It's common. I pray for them.
As a Marine (which requires thinking), and a member of MENSA (which means I think quite a bit), I have never wavered in my Faith in God.
If, as they think they have answered, which came first, The Chicken or the Egg, the Chicken didn’t just crawl out of the protoplasm...it was, as I was, created.
It's just that religious people do in fact discourage thinking, probing too deeply for fear of seeming intellectually inadequate. To scoff at questions of where the Universe came from, how does something emerge out of nothing, is easily applied to God. Where did God come from? How did God emerge out of nothingness?? Would love to hear some answers that don't border on the inane.
Perhaps because he was alive at the end of the Nazi occupation was because God does exist and was protecting him, giving him the will to survive, inspiring others to help him survive. Do you know if he has ever considered that?
And then there is the excellent book “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl
God’s invisible nature is made plain through what has been made, so “unbelievers” are without excuse. The fact is, for all their hauteur, they suppress the truth. The entire universe was made through Jesus, so every “discovery” points to Him. It is a refusal to honor Him, not an innocent mistake.
So violent gang members, drunk frat boys, and drug addicted prostitutes are examples of the enlighten state of having no religion?
G_d loves you, otherwise he wouldn't have created you.
Only if you don't know what you believe and why you believe it.
My husband, my kids, and I are VERY analytical thinking people and we ALL have strong faith.
Believing in God does not equate to kissing your brains goodbye.
Hootowl, you're right. Science depends way more on faith than most scientific types care to admit. The reason they don't acknowledge it is that for the most part, science is being used as an alternative to God for those who have issues over God that are NOT related to science or intellect. People turn to science for justification to reject Him.
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