"Dear God, please confirm what I already believe"?

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18216-dear-g...

"God may have created man in his image, but it seems we return the favour. Believers subconsciously endow God with their own beliefs on controversial issues.

"Intuiting God's beliefs on important issues may not produce an independent guide, but may instead serve as an echo chamber to validate and justify one's own beliefs," writes a team led by Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers started by asking volunteers who said they believe in God to give their own views on controversial topics, such as abortion and the death penalty. They also asked what the volunteers thought were the views of God, average Americans and public figures such as Bill Gates. Volunteers' own beliefs corresponded most strongly with those they attributed to God.

Next, the team asked another group of volunteers to undertake tasks designed to soften their existing views, such as preparing speeches on the death penalty in which they had to take the opposite view to their own. They found that this led to shifts in the beliefs attributed to God, but not in those attributed to other people.

Finally, the team used functional MRI scans of subjects' brains to show that contemplating God's beliefs activates the same brain areas as thinking about one's own views, while thoughts about other Americans' views activate a brain area used for inferring other people's mental status."

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  • 1 decade ago
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    IT's interesting and it makes sense. When one takes into account that not only do we create God in our image but also that we are all a portion of God it makes sense that our MRI's of Gods beliefs would correspond with the MRI of our own beliefs.

    Source(s): -The Baron Cimitiere - Supporting the dependent God theory since 1972
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    while you're maximum appropriate, maximum Christians will tie their very own ideals to their faith. I ensue to consider each little thing god has executed, and that i elect his will to ensue, no longer mine. If I had my way, This worldwide might rot away, whilst anybody who's religious, and open to him began over on a diverse planet. be conscious I suggested religious, no longer religious. i might of course think of with the element of my innovations that thinks approximately my perspectives, reason I consider Gods perspectives. they won't be the comparable, yet I consider them. whilst that's not valid, you carry an extremely stable element. many religious-nuts will use faith to scream at others the "recognize god" (which means their be conscious) and say its in the call of Jesus. i'm a Christian, yet I see the place your coming from.

  • 1 decade ago

    Makes quite a bit of sense. For one example, Christians in America seem to worship several different versions of Jesus.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's obvious to any rational person that all gods were created in the imagination.

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  • 1 decade ago

    IVE FIGURED OUT WHY GOD IS REAL! FORMER ATHEIST NOW CHRISTIAN!

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArdEu...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    My answer is: gods don't exist.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    haaaahaha. luv it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I didn't read all that, so, sure.

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