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What theological implications does the "Psychology" and "Neuroscience" (and possibly biology) of religion (or "God(s)") have?

I'm very interested in people's opinions on this matter.
I would just like to say, as I have said in the past, this debate is not to make mockery of "God". It is just honesty enquiry.
Yet as I have explored with my other debates in the past, it seems we must first define (or describe to the best of our limits) what we mean by "God(s)" and "Existence". Otherwise the debate "Does God exist?" becomes slightly meaningless.
Now that's done.
I was reading much about the psychology of religion, and found that due to articles like :
“Thinking Style and Belief In God” - Art Markman
Link : http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201208/thinking-style-and-belief-in-god
"We are programmed to believe in a god" by Jesse Bering.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/jan/04/the-god-instinct-jesse-bering
"Is God an Accident" by Paul Bloom :
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2005/12/is-god-an-accident/304425/?single_page=true
that had many theological implications!
And made me think :
- There is a strong correlation with a "Theory of mind" and belief in God. Animals don't really have a "theory of mind", does this mean other animals can't experience "God(s)"?
- Psychologists can now artificially create a "God experience", Doesn't this make the "Religious experience" argument rather dubious?. Link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y02UlkYjSi0
And there are probably many more Tedsters could think of!
However I do think it is worth mentioning that :
As Justin L. Barret said, that the psychology and neuroscience of religion (God) doesn't (dis)prove that God isn't real. For it wouldn't make much sense if a God who wanted to be in a relationship with us, didn't give us the ability to conceive such a God.
Another great quote by him :
"Having a scientific explanation for mental phenomena does not mean we should stop believing in them. “Suppose science produces a convincing account for why I think my wife loves me — should I then stop believing that sh

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    May 23 2013: Poor science. If it had a voice it would scream: "stop question my authenticity and saying whether I'm right or wrong".
    (In my humble opinion)
    Science, in its core, is a method by which you observe. Results are 'better' and can always become better if we keep improving the initial method. And believe me, there ALWAYS is room for improvement. You can't ever establish The Perfect Method.

    God is Absolute and Perfect, so you will need a perfect method if you want to comprehend/question him. Which is impossible. Sorry to rain on your parade but you can't understand God, no one can [unless God want someone to...].

    http://your2pence.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/my-two-cents.jpg
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      May 24 2013: What happens if God wanted these psychologists to understand him? :-)
      Out of interest, how do you know "God" is perfect?
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        May 24 2013: If God wanted them to understand Him. Then no one/nothing can stop them from understanding Him.

        I FIRMLY believe Quran is word of God and Muhammad Peace be upon him was the last prophet from God. According to Quran and Muhammad: God is perfect
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          May 24 2013: Interesting opinion Kareem......

          If you had an infinite number of paths you could take in life, based on each decision you made, then at least one of them would be the perfect path, leading to the perfect location. It would be the perfect perfect life path.

          So, even with infinity, it is possible to walk the perfect path in life. Or, perhaps because of infinity. I'm Jewish...... :) Shalom.
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          May 24 2013: :-)
          I personally, from what I have heard, admire the Koran (or Quran) and the lessons it preaches. However (as you can probably guess) I am not a Muslim.

          All I (properly) know about Islam mostly comes from these two TED Talks :

          - Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran
          http://www.ted.com/talks/lesley_hazelton_on_reading_the_koran.htm

          - Bobby Ghosh: Why global jihad is losing
          http://www.ted.com/talks/bobby_ghosh_why_global_jihad_is_losing.html

          So I do think what Islam preaches is admirable (if what they say is true), forgive me for saying, yet it seems today as if the Koran (or Quran) has been distorted a lot today (by people like Sam Harris, and those who dislike Islam due to various events like 9/11).

          However I think it is worth mentioning that I do find it strange that (as you say) Muhammad would be the last prophet of God. Why is this? Why wouldn't God let their be other prophets? (I apologise for my ignorance.)

          Out of interest, if you don't mind me asking, why choose the Koran (or Quran) over the Bible?
          What makes your experience (or perception) of God more valid than a Christians experience (or perception) of God?

          Kind regards,
          Bernard.
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        May 24 2013: @Bernard White: It is a sad fact that many organism (who call themselves Muslims) have distorted The Message. Muslim people, especially 'naive' youth are target of these people. These people manipulate young minds and fill them with hatred. But their goals are strictly political. Outcome of their dreadful *ter*rorist* acts only benefits themselves. These people have nothing to do with Islam or Muslims.

        "Why choose Quran over Bible?" Well, we Muslims believe both books to be word from God. But Bible was modified and people altered its verses to their interests. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_view_of_the_Christian_Bible ]
        "What makes your experience (or perception) of God more valid than a Christians experience (or perception) of God?" Christians associate God with humans (they say God has a son...) but God is above human values/associations/perceptions [ http://quran.com/112]
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        @John Moonstroller:
        Thanks for reply. You are theoretically corect. But life IS NOT infinite, neither can one undo his/her actions. You can't try ALL paths. Time is precious.

        Shalom :)
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          May 24 2013: So (if you don't mind me saying) what is to say God can't become incarnate?
          Considering your God is above human values? Surely this doesn't exclude the possibility of God coming into a 'perfect human form'? How are we defining 'human values'?
          Yet if this true, that God is beyond human perception, how do we know certain things (like its attributes) about it?
          Edit : Another question, is that : How did the writers of the Koran (or Quran) know that God was perfect? Doesn't perfection imply 'without mistake'? Can a perfect being make mistakes?
          Are there any other qualities of this 'being', other than perfection?
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        May 24 2013: "So (if you don't mind me saying) what is to say God can't become incarnate?"
        He can do whatever He wants to. He, clearly, says in Quran he has no sons etc.

        "Considering your God is above human values? Surely this doesn't exclude the possibility of God coming into a 'perfect human form'? How are we defining 'human values'?"
        You can't compare or associate God to humans.

        "Yet if this true, that God is beyond human perception, how do we know certain things (like its attributes) about it?"
        We know His attributes because His prophets told us about Them. These attributes are also written in Quran which is His Book.

        "Edit : Another question, is that : How did the writers of the Koran (or Quran) know that God was perfect? Doesn't perfection imply 'without mistake'? Can a perfect being make mistakes?"
        Quran wasn't written by humans it was revealed to us.

        Are there any other qualities of this 'being', other than perfection?"
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99_Names_of_God
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          May 24 2013: So the Quran is the source of all we know about this perfect being?
          Why didn't he make other books?
          How do you know Mohammed was a valid source of information?
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        May 24 2013: "So the Quran is the source of all we know about this perfect being?"
        Yep. The absolute book. The ultimate everlasting message it is!

        "Why didn't he make other books?"
        He sent more books. [read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_view_of_the_Christian_Bible ]

        "How do you know Mohammed was a valid source of information?"
        You gotta have FAITH in what he said in order to become Muslim.
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          May 24 2013: Thanks for all the links!
          I'll make sure to read them all soon, once I have expect a 'reply'.
          See you soon! :D

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