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Religion in the Genes?

by Eduardo Carrión Letort

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Is the religious drive rooted in our genes?

We haven’t found the “religion gene” yet, that is true, but that may be because we are just starting to understand human genome. But at least we can observe two clues that point in the direction that it is indeed in our genes:

  1. Religious feelings are universal

  2. They are hereditary.

Maybe religion gave a survival advantage to early humans, like strong bonding to a leader. The authority of kings, leaders, etc., has frequently being claimed as coming from divinity. Maybe those human populations grouped around such a divine leader were stronger, and more apt for survival.

We don’t know this for sure but it surely is an intriguing idea worth of further study.