October 2, 2017
No one believes God exists because it is a ‘preposterous’ idea, according to Graham Lawton, author of a new book on the human existence.
Mr Lawton argues people want to believe religious claims because they have a ‘God-shaped conceptual space waiting to be filled’.
But deep down people don’t actually think it’s true – not even priests and nuns.
The controversial author suggests that as our lives become more stable, society could become more ‘godless’ as our need for religion fades away.
n ‘How to be Human‘, Mr Lawton analyses the strange things that make us human – including human’s propensity to find religion attractive, arguing that it is the default path of the human mind.
His comments are supported by studies into the cognitive theory of religion which suggests having faith is an evolutionary advantage.
Mr Lawton, who wrote the book with New Scientist Editor-at-Large Jeremy Webb, has a degree in biochemistry from Imperial College.
This article was posted: Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:48 am