Up until a few years ago, the scientific community paid little attention to belief in a supreme being; religion was considered a purely socio-cultural phenomenon, a construct of the human spirit. Now, however, the scientific community appears no longer willing to give up the field to theologians and sociologists without a fight. A steadily growing throng of brain researchers, psychologists, and radiologists have set about searching for the roots of religious faith.
Armed with state-of-the-art imaging techniques, these so-called ‘neurotheologians’ are scouring the brain for what a believer would call transcendental reality or the work of God so that they can explain them in terms of neuronal circuits and biochemical processes. And guess what – the quintessence of their efforts is a provocation for all those who believe in the existence of a superior spirit. According to the neurotheologians, religious sensations ¾ like all other human feelings ¾ are generated by the tangle of one hundred billion nerve cells beneath our skulls. Does this mean that God is nothing more than a figment of our imagination? read the full article