In any case, scientists are now talking about the so-called "God gene," known technically as VMAT2. What this means is that human beings are genetically predisposed toward belief in God. I'm not yet able to formulate an argument for justified belief based on VMAT2, but I think we're headed in that direction, and that the sensus divinitatis, far from being a whacky outdated idea, is actually backed up by medical science.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
The God Gene and the Sensus Divinitatis
Some have dismissed religious experiences as inauthentic due to the fact that medical professionals can induce these states in patients. I'm not at all impressed by this objection. After all, they can induce all kinds of experiences, such as pain and pleasure, that we all know to be authentic.