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THE GOD GENE HARDWIRED FAITH



The God gene hypothesis proposes that human spirituality is influenced by heredity and that a specific gene, called vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), predisposes humans towards spiritual

or mystic experiences. The idea has been proposed by geneticist Dean Hamer in the 2004 book called The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes. According to the God Gene hypothesis, spirituality has a genetic component, of which (VMAT2) comprises one component by contributing to sensations associated with mystic experiences, including the presence of God and feelings of connection to a larger universe. It is a gene provided by your parents.

This gene doesn't mean you will find or have the right God but you are more open to a God genetically. By contrast, specific religious beliefs (such as belief in a particular deity) were found to have no genetic basis. Meaning, once you are introduced to Jesus you are genetically receptive. Thus, the conclusion is that spirituality and faith are 40-50 percent inherited, meaning if all environmental factors are equal twins have a 40-50 percent chance of having the same religious beliefs.

If I applied the inheritable God gene to my siblings and I, my mother was not church religious but committed to Jesus absent of all the dogma to come along with it. We were taught to believe in God but not influenced one way or the other about Jesus although the family was Christian. If the God gene is inheritable, some may have it and others may not. I can believe it exist because an anger gene was discovered in a family in West Virginia that all the children in the family inherited. A genetic predisposition for adrenal tumors–caused by a genetic disorder called von Hippel-Lindau disease, which the Hatfields and McCoys family carries–it is a possible explanation for why the feuding McCoy family members were so violent and angry.