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Nature or Nurture About our Belief in God


1. Self-Forgetfulness – the ability to get entirely lost in an experience.

2. Transpersonal Identification – a feeling of connectedness to a larger universe.

3. Mysticism – openness to things not literally provable.

All this is what it feels like to be spiritual as science measures it.

Dean Hammer – a molecular biologist, his book The God Gene: How Faith Is Hardwired into Our Genes.

He said, that “he thinks we follow the basic law of nature, which is that we’re a bunch of chemical reactions running around in a bag.”

Spirituality is a feeling or a state of mind; religion is the way that state gets codified into law.

Spirituality is intensely personal; religion is institutional.

"A personal God"  vs. "God is in everything" (pantheism)