The God Gene:

When pastors look over their congregations on a typical Sunday morning, what do they think of the skeptical Thomases, the dutiful Marthas, the reflective Marys, the charismatic Johns and all the other persons making up a diverse group of worshipers? How do they explain such diversity, and what can they do when not all parishioners are equally soaking up their inspiring sermons? Are some persons really more spiritual than others? Do the varieties of religious experience, so ably portrayed by William James in his Gifford Lectures a century ago, spring from our various cultures or are they somehow rooted in our genetic makeup?


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