Questionable Motives

December 1, 2009

The Mind of God… mirrors our own. What a surprise – not

God may have created man in his image, but it seems we return the favour. Believers subconsciously endow God with their own beliefs on controversial issues.

“Intuiting God’s beliefs on important issues may not produce an independent guide, but may instead serve as an echo chamber to validate and justify one’s own beliefs,” writes a team led by Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers started by asking volunteers who said they believe in God to give their own views on controversial topics, such as abortion and the death penalty. They also asked what the volunteers thought were the views of God, average Americans and public figures such as Bill Gates. Volunteers’ own beliefs corresponded most strongly with those they attributed to God.

From this article.

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1 Comment »

  1. This is probably why there have been so many wars in the name of religion. And how religion is such a great tool for controlling groups of people.

    Comment by philosophe007 — December 7, 2009 @ 5:58 pm | Reply


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