At least that’s the idea behind some new research on the effects of belief in God on the brain. Apparently, people suppress the areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage those parts of the brain used for empathy in order to believe in God. The clear message of these research “findings” is that you have to stop thinking in order to believe in God. Belief in God is about how you feel, not about what you think.
I have not read the actual research, and probably couldn’t make much sense of it even if I had. But I don’t need to review the research in order to know that this research is irrelevant to the question of whether God exists. First, it commits a logical fallacy known as the genetic fallacy. This fallacy is committed any time one attempts to invalidate the truth of some X because of the origin of X. Since belief in God has its origin in our feelings rather than our thinking (the origin of X), God (X) does not exist. He’s just a product of our personal feelings.