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  1. Introduction
  2. The article in Time magazine: God in Our Genes
  3. The famous twins study conducted by the University of Minnesota in 1971
  4. Conclusion

Ever since the Renaissance movement, when the question was finally free of its taboo status, there has been widespread and public debate among philosophers, theologians, and scientists as to the existence of God. With the exception of theologians, the debate has been internal as well as external, with many experts within each discipline disagreeing strongly over this controversial topic. Now research from many geneticists indicates that the inclination to believe in a higher power is not the product of society, but rather a product of a person's genetic makeup; that is, the DNA coding that makes each person unique. As I thought about this idea, many questions flew through my head. What exactly is the possibility of the inclination to believe in a higher power being instilled in our genetic encoding?

[...] After pondering these difficult and controversial questions, I decided I had to research this topic and learn what the experts had to say about this issue. While I was pondering this topic I remembered a Time magazine cover about a year ago that seemed to be relevant to the subject. After a little searching on the magazine's database, I found exactly what I was looking for: a 2004 cover story entitled in Our Genes.? The article, a spot on source for my research, not only gave me some great ideas for my research but also posed some new ideas I had not yet considered. [...]


[...] God: Creator or Created? Ever since the Renaissance movement, when the question was finally free of its taboo status, there has been widespread and public debate among philosophers, theologians, and scientists as to the existence of God. With the exception of theologians, the debate has been internal as well as external, with many experts within each discipline disagreeing strongly over this controversial topic. Now research from many geneticists indicates that the inclination to believe in a higher power is not the product of society, but rather a product of a person's genetic makeup; that is, the DNA coding that makes each person unique. [...]

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