I’m currently an agnostic, but I came across this interesting idea in my search for “the truth.” It has been suggested that there may be a neurological basis for the human inclination towards spiritual experience or connection.
In the report “Hardwired to Connect,” it says: “Much of the first half of this report is a presentation of scientific evidence…showing that the human child is 'hardwired to connect.” We are hardwired for other people and for moral meaning and openness to the transcendent. Meeting these basic needs for connection is essential to health and to human flourishing…Primary nurturing relationships influence early spiritual development, and spiritual development can influence us biologically in the same way that primary nurturing relationships do…In short, the two kinds of connectedness analyzed in this report—connection to others and connection to the transcendent—seem to influence the same biological systems in quite similar ways. This phenomenon may help explain why some people find, in their religious faith and spiritual practice, some of the very sources of security and well-being that were not available to them form their parents."
This stipulation is often used by theists as evidence for the presence of a god, but I am not sure because of a central question I have. Did the need for religion/God come about as a precautionary substitute for lack of social interaction? In other words, if an individual had marginal/inadequate or no exposure to other people, is the ever-available propensity to believe in deities intended to serve as an evolutionary safety net for the social interaction necessary?