Religion: Is God in Our Genes?

A PROVOCATIVE STUDY ASKS WHETHER RELIGION IS A PRODUCT OF EVOL UTION. INSIDE A QUEST FOR THE ROOTS OF FAITH

It's not hard to see the divinity behind the water temples that dot the rice terraces of Bali. It's there in the white-clad high priest presiding in the temple at the summit of a dormant volcano. It's there in the 23 priests serving along with him, selected for their jobs when they were still children by a bevy of virgin priestesses. It's there in the rituals the priests perform to protect the island's water, which in turn is needed to nurture the island's rice.

If the divine is easy to spot, what's harder to make out is the banal. But it's...

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