Faith: Nature or Nurture? Is it a choice? Can people change?
I was watching CNN today as I was eating my lunch (black beans and saffron rice with piccadillo and spinach salad – awesome) and they were playing a rerun of an Anderson CooperÂ special on Christianity and faith. One portion of the show touched on recent findings that a person’s capacity for faith and spirituality may be genetically related. The story was based on the idea proposed by Dean Hamer in his book, The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired Into Our Genes. I haven’t read the book, and probably won’t but I did check out a couple reviews of it (Scientific American andÂ Washington Post).
It turns out that Hamer’s science is a little dodgy as it is full of caveats andÂ contradictions and has yet to standÂ up to the rigors of peer-review. Maybe he should haveÂ done a bit more work before publishing, but that’s not really my point. Whether or not Hamer’s work is grounded in what we like to think of as “reality,” it brings up some interesting questions for discussion. And since the blog has been spookily quiet for about two days, I thought I might stir the pot a little (I’m sure you’ve all realized by now that I enjoy stirring it up). If you are game, follow me down this rabbit hole and we’ll see where it comes out.
May 20, 2007 Change, Chosenness, Faith, Group Identity, LGBTQ, Privilege Read more >