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Old 03-03-2008   #1
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Oxford to Study Faith in God

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Oxford to Study Faith in God
Tue Feb 19, 5:07 PM EST

LONDON — University of Oxford researchers will spend nearly $4 million to study why mankind embraces God. The grant to the Ian Ramsey Center for Science and Religion will bring anthropologists, theologians, philosophers and other academics together for three years to study whether belief in a divine being is a basic part of mankind's makeup.

"There are a lot of issues. What is it that is innate in human nature to believe in God, whether it is gods or something superhuman or supernatural?" said Roger Trigg, acting director of the center.

He said anthropological and philosophical research suggests that faith in God is a universal human impulse found in most cultures around the world, even though it has been waning in Britain and western Europe.

"One implication that comes from this is that religion is the default position, and atheism is perhaps more in need of explanation," he said.

The study will be funded by the John Templeton Foundation, a U.S.-based philanthropic organization that funds wide-ranging research into questions that deal with the laws of nature and issues of spirituality.
A rather interesting endeavor that branches the normally distinct fields of scientific research, culture, and religious studies.
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Old 03-03-2008   #2
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Re: Oxford to Study Faith in God

A waste of nearly $4 million.

I'll tell you why... it's because the human mind knows it will die and cannot fathom an existence of non-sentience.

The brain is exceptional at deluding itself.
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Re: Oxford to Study Faith in God

sounds interesting.

more so than anyone trying to give a definite definition as to why? *cough* ec slash neo*cough*


and then it's funny to me that you even said this, EC,

"The brain is exceptional at deluding itself."

congratulations, what the f do you know? haha
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Re: Oxford to Study Faith in God

In-ter-est-ing. Quite.

Heh. I'm very intrigued - what answers will that eclectic group of scholarly Oxfordians uncover?

*Sudden posh* 'Sterribly exciting, isn't it?
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Re: Oxford to Study Faith in God

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sounds interesting.

more so than anyone trying to give a definite definition as to why? *cough* ec slash neo*cough*
What's that supposed to mean?


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and then it's funny to me that you even said this, EC,

"The brain is exceptional at deluding itself."

congratulations, what the f do you know? haha
I know a great deal more than you. And the brain does delude itself. Ever heard of waterboarding? Prime example. The brain thinks it is drowning and your body reacts.

And I never said my brain doesn't delude me either. I'm just good at seeing through the delusions.
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Re: Oxford to Study Faith in God

Or you are just so delusional that you think you can see through the delusions haha. j/k
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Re: Oxford to Study Faith in God

lol see i dont even need to say it.
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