Two months ago, Chris Mooney wrote a very interesting piece for Mother Jones entitled, 7 Reasons Why It’s Easier for Humans to Believe in God Than Evolution. This article surveys one of my main areas of interest regarding belief and non-believe in a god or gods: namely the nature of religious belief itself. Why are human beings so prone to believe in a god or gods? Is this religious inclination universal in all societies across human history, as this report claims, and if so, what does it mean? We could call this set of questions about the nature of belief itself the sociological question.
Mooney’s seven reasons are backed by a remarkable amount of research and are as follows: Continue reading