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'God gene' discovered by scientist behind gay DNA theory (reader beware)
Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2004 | Elizabeth Day

Posted on 11/13/2004 7:47:12 PM PST by Former Military Chick

Religious belief is determined by a person's genetic make-up according to a study by a leading scientist.

After comparing more than 2,000 DNA samples, an American molecular geneticist has concluded that a person's capacity to believe in God is linked to brain chemicals.

His findings were criticised last night by leading clerics, who challenge the existence of a "god gene" and say that the research undermines a fundamental tenet of faith - that spiritual enlightenment is achieved through divine transformation rather than the brain's electrical impulses.

Dr Dean Hamer, the director of the Gene Structure and Regulation Unit at the National Cancer Institute in America, asked volunteers 226 questions in order to determine how spiritually connected they felt to the universe. The higher their score, the greater a person's ability to believe in a greater spiritual force and, Dr Hamer found, the more likely they were to share the gene, VMAT2.

Studies on twins showed that those with this gene, a vesicular monoamine transporter that regulates the flow of mood-altering chemicals in the brain, were more likely to develop a spiritual belief.

Growing up in a religious environment was said to have little effect on belief. Dr Hamer, who in 1993 claimed to have identified a DNA sequence linked to male homosexuality, said the existence of the "god gene" explained why some people had more aptitude for spirituality than others.

"Buddha, Mohammed and Jesus all shared a series of mystical experiences or alterations in consciousness and thus probably carried the gene," he said. "This means that the tendency to be spiritual is part of genetic make-up. This is not a thing that is strictly handed down from parents to children. It could skip a generation - it's like intelligence."

His findings, published in a book, The God Gene: How Faith Is Hard-Wired Into Our Genes, were greeted sceptically by many in the religious establishment.

The Rev Dr John Polkinghorne, a fellow of the Royal Society and a Canon Theologian at Liverpool Cathedral, said: "The idea of a god gene goes against all my personal theological convictions. You can't cut faith down to the lowest common denominator of genetic survival. It shows the poverty of reductionist thinking."

The Rev Dr Walter Houston, the chaplain of Mansfield College, Oxford, and a fellow in theology, said: "Religious belief is not just related to a person's constitution; it's related to society, tradition, character - everything's involved. Having a gene that could do all that seems pretty unlikely to me."

Dr Hamer insisted, however, that his research was not antithetical to a belief in God. He pointed out: "Religious believers can point to the existence of god genes as one more sign of the creator's ingenuity - a clever way to help humans acknowledge and embrace a divine presence."

13 October 2004: Homosexual link to fertility genes


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deanhamer; dna; faithandphilosophy; genetics; godgene; hamer; junkscience; religious; spirituality
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To: Former Military Chick

Why does the liberal media give credence to junk science and reports from unknown leftist groups while ignoring real studies and reports from established conservative thinktanks?


21 posted on 11/13/2004 7:55:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://images7.fotki.com/v125/photos/2/215708/780411/reow-vi.jpg?1100155138)
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To: Former Military Chick
...an American molecular geneticist has concluded that a person's capacity to believe in God is linked to brain chemicals.

So God has been wrong all along to require belief as a condition of salvation!
Hope this molecular genetiscist is there to defend unbelievers on Judgement Day.

22 posted on 11/13/2004 7:55:41 PM PST by Jorge
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To: speedy

No, an athiest would be "lacking" the God gene.


24 posted on 11/13/2004 7:56:43 PM PST by SouthTexas
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What baloney....


25 posted on 11/13/2004 7:56:59 PM PST by MaryJaneNC
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To: CWOJackson

I thought it was my mom and dad who started me on my path.


26 posted on 11/13/2004 7:57:21 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Former Military Chick
"The higher their score, the greater a person's ability to believe in a greater spiritual force"

That's not the same as having Spiritual knowledge. Anyone can sit under the stars and say, 'Gee, I'm a part of the universe.'

27 posted on 11/13/2004 7:57:30 PM PST by Eastbound ("Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be")
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To: Former Military Chick

I refuse to accept that religious belief, like love, is a condition of the organs. Faith is borne of the will and all humans have it -- free will that is.


28 posted on 11/13/2004 7:57:49 PM PST by StJacques
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To: Former Military Chick
Romans 1:20-23

20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

So much for the "God" gene. He is built into every one of us.

29 posted on 11/13/2004 7:58:06 PM PST by mombonn ( íViva Bush/Cheney! Dukakis and Kerry are the matching bookends of the Bush era.)
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To: Former Military Chick

ROFL More lunacy from the Left. They're bound and determined to make Homosexuality legitimate orientation rather than choice. Like that evasive "Missing Link," they'll never find it because it isn't there.


30 posted on 11/13/2004 7:59:03 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING (He is faithful!)
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To: Former Military Chick
Am I in the Twilight Zone?

Am I logged in?
31 posted on 11/13/2004 8:00:07 PM PST by ApesForEvolution ("We trust [RINO-BORKING-ABORTER] Sen. Arlen spRectum's word" - "IF spRectum gets the Chair, IF")
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

You believe homosexuality is a choice? Why would someone choose a lifestyle that makes their lives markedly more difficult?


32 posted on 11/13/2004 8:00:16 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Former Military Chick

And here it was because I thought my soul might be in jeopardy! Silly me!


33 posted on 11/13/2004 8:01:09 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (George W. Bush IS the right man, in the right place, at the right time.)
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To: Former Military Chick

A pseudo-scientist who likes to see her name in print. Her work is flawed, and the results are also.


35 posted on 11/13/2004 8:02:02 PM PST by airborne (God bless and keep our fallen heroes.)
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To: airborne

her work = his work


36 posted on 11/13/2004 8:03:24 PM PST by airborne (God bless and keep our fallen heroes.)
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To: mombonn

Amen. My sentiments and thoughts, exactly. They are fools and will have to account for it.


37 posted on 11/13/2004 8:04:41 PM PST by Santana (Proud aunt of niece serving in Iraq)
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To: Former Military Chick
I'm pretty sure John Kerry successfully demonstrates that there is an

"I am God gene"
40 posted on 11/13/2004 8:05:46 PM PST by Boiler Plate
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