Letters: Nov. 15, 2004

Is God in Our Genes?

"Natural selection and a spiritual gene can no more explain a belief in God and religion than they can say why we find a sunset beautiful."


Gallup, N.M.

Your article on molecular biologist Dean Hamer's discovery of a gene for spirituality, the so-called God gene, put too much emphasis on the religious aspect of spirituality [Oct. 25]. While such a gene may very well cause those who carry it to experience self-transcendence and to have a feeling of connectedness to a larger universe, that does not always translate into religious beliefs. I tend to...

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