I believe in G-d because I have no reason not to – and because I have a very good reason to believe in G-d. Genes. Of course my genes do not compel or force me to believe that G-d is – but they just might make it possible for me to ‘make the connection’.
I look at the intricate dance of our Universe and I think: “How can say there is no G-d?” Not because I think less of those who say there is no G-d, but because I think so much of G-d. Every time Science finds a connection between elements of the universe, that was previously thought to be un-connected, or a new species of animal or plant is found somewhere, I experience a brief moment of intense joy and awe.
For me what Science tells us about the Universe, as it discovers more and more of it, only validates my belief in G-d as the Ultimate Source of the Universe instead of invalidating it.
Does it matter to me that my experience is most likely triggered or caused by “a vesicular monoamine transporter that regulates the flow of mood-altering chemicals in the brain”? No, not really. As Mr Hamer says “Religious believers can point to the existence of God genes as one more sign of the Creator’s ingenuity — a clever way to help humans acknowledge and embrace a divine presence.”
The record begins with a simple dancing floor, the arena for the communal religious dances held by hunter-gatherers in about 7,000 B.C. It moves to the ancestor-cult shrines that appeared after the beginning of corn-based agriculture around 1,500 B.C., and ends in A.D. 30 with the sophisticated, astronomically oriented temples of an early archaic state.
This and other research is pointing to a new perspective on religion, one that seeks to explain why religious behavior has occurred in societies at every stage of development and in every region of the world. Religion has the hallmarks of an evolved behavior, meaning that it exists because it was favored by natural selection. It is universal because it was wired into our neural circuitry before the ancestral human population dispersed from its African homeland. (The Evolution of the God Gene)
When Rabbi Moshe Tendler says: “I attribute religiosity to the working mind of man searching to answer the mystery of life.” I agree, and point to the fact that, as can be verified through history, Human has always searching for answers to the mysteries of life – some of us have just gotten a little extra help with that from G-d. 🙂