Research into how people think and reason is not good news for religions, including Christianity.
There is a new report at ChristianPost.com about experiments with people to determine who has an “analytic” mind. In these experiments, people were given circumstances and opportunities to react to them.
There was a reading problem where difficult type style was used. Some people blew it off and said they could not understand what was written. Others, tried to find patterns and figure out what was meant by the writing.
Those who blew it off were called “intuitive thinkers”, the others, “analytical thinkers”. There were other experiments as well. The groups were then asked about their views on religion. Intuitive thinkers were more likely to be religious than analytical ones.
The researchers said this was not the only variable that influences religious inclinations, but it is one of them. This kind of research opens a door faiths should try to close.
If religious inclinations are found to be even partially the result of how people think, it is evidence of where the god comes from. It’s from the mind.
That is to say, if the god figure were actually a sovereign being, independent of the imagination, research should give us the same religious inclination in both groups. If this kind of research continues with the same results found over and over again, people will begin to see religious impulses in the same way unbelievers have seen them for hundreds of years.
Analytical thinkers are not smarter or more valuable to society. They just can’t find the god.
P. S. For anyone interested, an article in today’s paper about me and some who comment here: