Scientists are claiming that humans are hard-wired for belief in a Supreme Being. The natural inclination of the human brain, they say, is to explain the existence and functions of the universe as the work of some sort of cosmic, divine being.
Matthew Alper, author of The God Part of the Brain, explains it this way: “For every physical characteristic that is universal to a species, there must exist specific genes responsible for the emergence of that particular trait. The fact, for instance, that all cats have whiskers means that somewhere within a cat’s DNA, there must exist what we can informally refer to as ‘whisker’ genes.
What if we were to now apply this same principle to the fact that every known culture from the dawn of our species has believed in some form of a spiritual reality? Wouldn’t this suggest that spirituality must represent an inherent characteristic of our species, that is, a genetically inherited trait? Furthermore, wouldn’t this then also suggest that our ‘spiritual’ instincts, just like our linguistic ones, must be generated from some very specific region within the human brain? I informally refer to this site as the ‘God’ part of the brain, a series of neural connections from which our spiritual beliefs are generated.”
The answer to all of his questions is “no.” Applying the same formula of physical inheritance to “metaphysical beliefs” is not obvious and it is not science.
We know why they are so excited about this conclusion. It makes no concessions about the actual existence of God. It is a simple attempt by naturalists to explain an overwhelming truth: most people believe in God. To avoid making a statement that appears to give credence to the actual existence of God, scientists relegate the pervasiveness of “God-belief” to the subjective experience of people whose brain makes them believe without the benefit of any external evidence.
This is a good try by cognitive scientists but it is a swing and a miss. For metaphysical thinking to emerge from the physical world is nonsense. But for a physical universe to emerge from a metaphysical Being, as the Scriptures describe, makes perfect sense. The Scriptures do not try to prove God’s existence, they assume that as beings created in his image, we inherently know he exists.
Cognitive scientists seem to hope that this “scientific conclusion” not only explains the pervasiveness of belief in God but also the nagging thoughts professed atheists have about the possibility of God’s existence. Even the most celebrated public atheist, Richard Dawkins, has changed his motto from “There is no God” to “There probably is no God.” That “probably” says a lot.
If God on our brain doesn’t convince you that he is real, then how about God in an eggplant? Yep, an eggplant.
Louisiana chef, Jermarcus Brady came across this remarkable divine message while he was sautéing vegetables at a Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. Brady is a man of faith and he claims the organic memo was God’s way of letting him know, “Hey, I’m real.”
Expect a renewed and growing appreciation for Veggie Tales (although God may not speak through Silly Songs with Larry).