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  • 'God gene' discovered by scientist behind gay DNA theory (reader beware)

    11/13/2004 7:47:12 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 162 replies · 4,285+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2004 | Elizabeth Day
    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...
  • Twin Research Links Genetics and Adult Spirituality

    03/21/2005 11:57:19 AM PST · by Heartlander · 17 replies · 666+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2005 | AMANDA ONION
    Twin Research Links Genetics and Adult SpiritualityAs People Enter Adulthood, Religious 'Genes' Kick In, Study Finds By AMANDA ONION March 21, 2005 — The Georgia woman who reportedly convinced an alleged gunman to end his killing spree said she and Brian Nichols talked about their families, the Bible and their faith. "I believe God brought him to my door," Ashley Smith told reporters after calling 911 and alerting police that Nichols, the suspect in the slayings of four people, including an Atlanta judge, was in her apartment. Smith's faith may have led her to believe that Nichols targeted her for...
  • Genes contribute to religious inclination

    03/17/2005 3:23:14 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 6 replies · 229+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 16 March 2005 | Maggie McKee
    Genes may help determine how religious a person is, suggests a new study of US twins. And the effects of a religious upbringing may fade with time. Until about 25 years ago, scientists assumed that religious behaviour was simply the product of a person's socialisation - or "nurture". But more recent studies, including those on adult twins who were raised apart, suggest genes contribute about 40% of the variability in a person's religiousness.
  • Genes contribute to religious inclination

    03/16/2005 4:43:34 PM PST · by Maria S · 25 replies · 514+ views
    Genes may help determine how religious a person is, suggests a new study of US twins. And the effects of a religious upbringing may fade with time. Until about 25 years ago, scientists assumed that religious behaviour was simply the product of a person's socialisation - or "nurture". But more recent studies, including those on adult twins who were raised apart, suggest genes contribute about 40% of the variability in a person's religiousness. But it is not clear how that contribution changes with age. A few studies on children and teenagers - with biological or adoptive parents - show the...
  • Are humans programmed to worship? (The article Rush is looking for?)

    12/13/2004 10:00:21 AM PST · by Matchett-PI · 125 replies · 3,691+ views
    Holland Sentinel Online ^ | 11-13-04 | Bill Broadway
    TALKING: Author and behavioral geneticist Dean Hamer talks at his home in Washington. (Washington Post photo by Juana Arias) Are humans programmed to worship? Author says people have genetic propensity toward religious belief By Bill Broadway The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- Dean Hamer has received much criticism for his new book, "The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired Into Our Genes." [snip]
  • 'God gene' discovered by scientist behind gay DNA theory

    11/16/2004 12:32:59 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies · 636+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/14/2004 | Elizabeth Day
    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...