Why Do We Believe or Not Believe in God

What I find fascinating about God and religion doesn't have anything to do with belief or proving that belief. What I find fascinating is the sociology and psychology of religion. What I truly fascinates me, is why people and societies are drawn to religion. I don't see the inclination to believe in God or a certain theology as a weakness or a strength; simply a mystery.

The point of this post is not to discover truth or unravel mystery or prove my point; it's simply my way of exploring the mystery of the human need to believe. I am not trying to explain my beliefs or to understand your beliefs. I want to explore why do we, or don't we, believe in God(s) or religion.

Helen Fisher's Personality Test

This is Dr Helen Fisher’s test for your personality type.
Read each statement and choose the number that best describes your agreement by the following scale.

Please note the number choices are ZERO to THREE. Put your choice for each statement on a sheet of paper. After completing the test add up each section to determine your type. Try to answer as honestly as you can for who you are, not who you want to be.

(0) Strongly Disagree
(1) Disagree
(2) Agree
(3) Strongly Agree

1. I find unpredictable situations exhilarating.
2. I do things on the spur of the moment.
3. I get bored when I have to do the same familiar things.
4. I have a very wide range of interests.
5. I am more optimistic than most people.
6. I am more creative than most people.
7. I am always looking for new experiences.
8. I am always doing new things.
9. I am more enthusiastic than most people.
10. I am willing to take risks to do what I want to do.
11. I get restless if I have to stay home for any length of time.
12. My friends would say I am very curious.
13. I have more energy than most people.
14. On my time off, I like to be free to do whatever looks fun.

1. I think consistent routines keep life orderly and relaxing.
2. I consider (and reconsider) every option thoroughly before making a plan.
3. People should behave according to established standards of proper conduct.
4. I enjoy planning way ahead.
5. In general, I think it is important to follow rules.
6. Taking care of my possessions is a high priority for me.
7. My friends and family would say I have traditional values.
8. I tend to be meticulous in my duties.
9. I tend to be cautious, but not fearful.
10. People should behave in ways that are morally correct.
11. It is important to respect authority.
12. I would rather have loyal friends than interesting friends.
13. Long established customs need to be respected and preserved.
14. I like to work in a straightforward path toward completing the task.

1. I understand complex machines easily.
2. I enjoy competitive conversations.
3. I am intrigued by rules and patterns that govern systems.
4. I am more analytical and logical than most people.
5. I pursue intellectual topics thoroughly and regularly.
6. I am able to solve problems without letting emotion get in the way.
7. I like to figure out how things work.
8. I am tough-minded.
9. Debating is a good way to match my wits with others.
10. I have no trouble making a choice, even when several alternatives seem equally good at first.
11. When I buy a new machine (like a camera, computer or car), I want to know all of its technical features.
12. I like to avoid the nuances and say exactly what I mean.
13. I think it is important to be direct.
14. When making a decision, I like to stick to the facts rather than be swayed by people's feelings.

1. I like to get to know my friends' deepest needs and feelings.
2. I highly value deep emotional intimacy in my relationships.
3. Regardless of what is logical, I generally listen to my heart when making important decisions.
4. l frequently catch myself daydreaming.
5. I can change my mind easily.
6. After watching an emotional film, I often still feel moved by it several hours later.
7. I vividly imagine both wonderful and horrible things happening to me.
8. I am very sensitive to people's feelings and needs.
9. I often find myself getting lost in my thoughts during the day.
10. I feel emotions more deeply than most people.
11. I have a vivid imagination.
12. When I wake up from a vivid dream, it takes me a few seconds to return to reality.
13. When reading, I enjoy it when the writer takes a sidetrack to say something beautiful or meaningful.
14. I am very empathetic.

Scale 1 = Explorer
Scale 2 = Builder
Scale 3 = Director
Scale 4 = Negotiator

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Take the two highest scores as your results. ie... NEGOTIATOR/explorer, etc...

Personality Types Defined--Helen Fisher

  • Looking for adventure and change. That adventure is likely risky or thrilling but can also be more intellectual or cultural like taking classes or attending plays and symphonies.
  • An explorer is likely to be well liked and charming. Someone who has a lot of friends.
  • An explorer is less likely to be tied down by commitment. They work so they can play, they enjoy going out and being with people.
  • An explorer can be a good person to have on your team if you need new ideas and the fire of creativity and excitement.
  • When it comes to rules an explorer is likely to say "this doesn't really apply to me." or "oh yeah right…"
  • Looking for stability and are very responsible individuals. They are willing to settle down and take care of business.
  • A builder is someone who will put work or religious responsibility first; sometimes before family and friends.
  • A builder is often times involved with a religious or political group. Someone who is a change maker.
  • As a leader a builder will get things done with no nonsense. It is important to get things done correctly and with honesty.
  • Builders have a commitment to moral standards. And for a builder morals can be very black and white.
  • When it comes to rules a builder will follow it because he/she knows there is a good reason for the rule or it wouldn't be there.
  • Logical and analytical minded people who can make sense out of any situation in short order.
  • Directors are decisive and make up their minds quickly based on facts and logic.
  • Directors are straight-line thinkers and can cut through the 'nonsense' quickly.
  • Directors have a commitment to things that make good common sense and to things they can understand in their logical minds.
  • When it comes to rules a director will want to understand why the rule is put in place and will follow the rule if it makes sense and works for them.
  • Web thinkers they explore ideas and love to engage in discussion or contemplation.
  • A Negotiator will take a long time to make a decision and prefers to have time to think about a situation and doesn't enjoy pressure to decide
  • Negotiators think outside the box constantly. They are multi-taskers and have a difficult time compartmentalizing.
  • A Negotiator is a good person to have on a team because they see the big picture, they can see the consequences and they make plotted decisions that have been thought out.
  • Negotiators are committed to finding the best situation in every area of their life.
  • When it comes to rules a negotiator wants to know the 'higher' reason. And they will commit to the principal but not the rules. Rules only apply if they work for the greater good.