Innate Religious Beliefs Are Evidence of God, Not of Evolution
by Logan Paul Gage
It is fashionable to note that there is nothing new in the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, et al. However, they offer at least one genuinely new challenge to theistic belief: a challenge from developmental and cognitive psychology.
Evolutionary biologists typically explain an organism’s existing traits—such as man’s propensity for religious belief—by reference to natural selection; existing traits persist because they provide organisms with survival advantages over competitors. But some biologists, like Dawkins, now see religion differently. “I am one of an increasing number of biologists who see religion as a by-product . . .
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Logan Paul Gage is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at Baylor University. He and his wife Elizabeth attend St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waco, Texas. A version of this essay appears in the recently released book God and Evolution (Discovery Institute Press), edited by Jay W. Richards.
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