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I recently read a very interesting essay by Michel Clasquin-Johnson talking about the existence of God. It was part of a series of articles on the ‘Evolutionary Roots of Religion’ (by the South African Science and Religion Forum) this was his concluding paragraph to the article entitled Theoception: the perception of God as a basis for belief …

… if we can accept that the sense of time is a universal human form of perception and refers to a real phenomenon, [despite the absence of specific temporal receptor organs] then it becomes clear that we need to give serious attention to the multitudes of reports of people having sensed a divine presence, and to question whether it too refers to a real perceptual experience and a real perceived object. I have named this ‘sense of God’ theoception. If such a sense exists, again arguing by analogy with the other known senses, [sight, smell, touch, hearing] there must be something for it to sense. We therefore have a modest basis for continuing to believe in God. However, the question of the attributes of God remains wide open to debate …

Theoception – Grrrreat word!

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