No way to heaven for those born to be heathens

March 2005
New Scientist;3/26/2005, Vol. 185 Issue 2492, p20
The article reports on a study of twins that suggests that being religious depends at least partly on genes. Past studies have found that children tend to mirror the religious beliefs and behavior of their parents. Now a team led by Laura Koenig at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis has shown that the influence of environmental factors wanes in adulthood, while genetic factors become more important in determining how religious a person is. While the identical twins' behavior remained similar in adulthood, greater differences emerged between fraternal twins as they aged


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