1. I feel that in earlier times the values of the parent could be passed on to a child. I believe this was because most of the parents back in the times when I was a child (I am 56), were basically the same, and in most homes the parent was ever a presence. But as time passed values changed, and what people find important now has changed so the parents values are not as important. There was not the amount of social networking as there is now, not referring just to the computer, but to cell phones, television, music, and such that influences children now.Peer pressure is also a major factor that is important in what a child finds important. Now that in a lot of homes both parents have careers and do less child rearing this leaves a child vulnerable to join with peers to find values. So, I believe in some homes the presence of religion is still present and passed on, but not to the extent it use to be.
2. I do believe that chemistry in the brain has something to do with the way people feel. I don't believe however the God gene theory. There may be a a release of serotonin when a person is worshiping and feels calm due to them being assured that there is a God, but does that mean there is a Buddha gene, a Alla gene,.... I am sure these people feel the same way when they worship.
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