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Culture of Life

Inborn Belief

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

June 5-18, 2011 Issue | Posted 5/27/11 at 1:34 PM


An Oxford University study found that religious-thought processes were part of human nature, The Telegraph reported last month.

The co-director of the project, professor Roger Trigg of the University of Oxford, said, “We have gathered a body of evidence that suggests that religion is a common fact of human nature across different societies.

“This suggests that attempts to suppress religion are likely to be short-lived, as human thought seems to be rooted to religious concepts.”

Belief in God as innate to humans is no surprise to Catholics.

As the Catechism states, “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for. ... In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being” (27-28).