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This is a fascinating article on how evolution is indeed a religion–literally.

Seeing God's Breath

Abiogenesis and evolution of genera comes out of ancient mythology. The first-century BC Greek historian, Diodorus wrote the origins of paganism concerning the Queen of Heaven and like gods. In this record, Diodorus presented one of the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians concerning the origin of life, which is abiogenesis and the evolution of humanity. In Diodorus’s work, “Universal History,” he reported this:

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The Real Reason Why There Are Few Atheists in Prison

I’ve heard atheists brag about the statistics on how few atheists are represented in the prison system (less than 1%) as compared to everyone else. What they are trying to prove is that you do not need God or a religion to be a good, moral, law-abiding person. While this may be true for some, this argument is nevertheless perplexing because it does not stand up to scrutiny.

First of all, it doesn’t take much to realize that the prison system probably doesn’t consist of too many of the highly-educated, upper middle class. A notable portion of the middle class, maybe, but more than likely those lacking in finances and a decent education make up the majority of the incarcerated (i.e., the lower middle class and the poor). So how many of these people are likely to ever use the term “atheist” in their communities or circles? More than likely close to zero as they probably had more immediate priorities to focus on. Thus the non-religious would be just that–not religious and without God in their lives, but without a need to label themselves as “atheists.” “Atheist,” like “Bohemian” and “eccentric” are mainly terms of the elite, not the common man.

Another very obvious fact is that many in prison find religion while in prison; whether it be Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, or various other faiths. Ample time for reflection while incarcerated gives many time to go from being “an aimless drunk/cheat/thief/insert sin here” to being a “born-again Christian/Muslim/Buddhist/insert religion here.” Atheism, on the other hand, would not offer a prisoner the comfort, solace, and guidance offered by various faiths.

Which begs the question: If many had to find God and religion while in prison, doesn’t that mean that they were without God and religion to begin with? Doesn’t that make them de facto…atheists?

Belief in God = Bigger Brain?

According to a CNN article from a couple of years ago, (“Are humans hard-wired for faith?”), this just may be the case.

Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg discovered from studying brain scans that the parietal lobe, which processes our sensory information, is also responsible for  “that feeling of becoming part of something greater than oneself.” Newberg believes that his findings may be evidence that faith is a natural function of the brain inherent in all human beings.

If human beings are indeed “hard-wired for faith,” then what can we conclude from this finding? Does that mean that those who believe are more “fit” in the struggle for life than others, and as a result, were the ones that survived and evolved? Of course not. A more logical explanation would be that people’s brains were designed this way to serve a real, tangible function. If belief in God is “delusional/harmful/mind-numbing” as many atheist assert, then why do human beings universally share this neurological trait? How would human beings with this trait be able to flourish with a trait that that is “detrimental?” The obvious answer is that this belief and faith is not detrimental and is likely to be innate. And if our brains were designed for such a purpose… well, you can draw the obvious and logical conclusion.

What about those who lack faith and any spiritual connection when participating in prayer? Could this possibly be indicative a neurological disorder or deficiency? Some Christians insist that atheists actually know that there is a God–they just don’t want to have to play by the rules set by Him. I disagree. I think that most atheists genuinely cannot fathom God’s existence and that Dr. Newberg’s findings might explain why.