Research suggests religious belief is most likely rooted in culture


Why Do People Believe in God? New Research Says We’re Not Born Believers After all


Is it intuition that causes people to believe in gods? Or logic?

According to researchers from the universities of Coventry and Oxford, the answer is neither.

Previous research has generally held that religious people rely more on gut instinct than factual analysis, and in the event that they do become more analytical, they become less religious. But now new research shows the biggest factor in determining a person’s religiosity isn’t intuition but culture. Your upbringing and social environment are probably what determined your degree of faith, not your gut; people aren’t “born believers,” meaning they aren’t religious because of certain characteristics in their personalities.

A study detailing the research was published Wednesday in the journal Scientific Reports.

Religious belief is most likely rooted in culture rather than in some primitive gut intuition,”” lead author Miguel Farias said in a press release. “There has been a long debate on this matter, but our studies have challenged the theory that being a religious believer is determined by how much individuals rely on intuitive or analytical thinking.”

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Not that surprising . Is it

Back when i were a member of the eb, and even for some years after i had left and finished being a member of eb as well too, i would tend to think about demon and devils and stuff like that.Sometimes i’d even feel fear in regard to these thoughts/idea. Huge big problems with nightmares, and then big problems with the boss next day too, when they wouldn’t understand why i were feeling so tired all the time, through lack of sleep. The bosses would then get angry back at me (never mind that it wasn’t my choice to be feeling so worried, frightened and fearful).

And i’d even find it hard to watch any scary movies, as well

These days, now those kind of thoughts never ever bother me anymore. Not even one bit

The fear i had previously felt, before, was connected to culture i’d been steeped in.I feel that its even a subtle form of child abuse ,with the way that fundamentalist groups are free to be able to be frightening children in this way .

What’s worse, is the fact that our government are even still allowing these fundamentalist group to then claim charity status

Its irresponsible

I feel that our governments should be held to account for the harm/abuse that they irresponsibly allow ?.

Harm/abuse that in fact they even reward  (IE: reward through charity status)

How could our government be so irresponsible ?

The church groups are institution of what our government are also actively involved in helping to finance 

We should be able to sue the governments, big time, for damages ?

Someone need to be held responsible for the harm caused to children. Specially when governments are helping to finance it

Once we start suing the governments for damages. So as to hold them accountable for their stupidity. Then perhaps they’ll decide to stop financing and rewarding evil people through charity status

Ex cult members, from all cults and harmful faith groups, should come together and all combine together into one group, and then go ahead and take a class action, TOGETHER, against our governments .

Sue them irresponsible bastards for heaps

If government decide to reward cults to cause harm. That’s the governments decision

Governments should be held responsible for these decision they choose to make.

Specially when these decision are causing people harm


About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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