Have there every been any studies on why people, who are very well educated, appear to be intelligent, seem to have common sense, still believe in a god? I can understand the people of the past who had no knowledge of pretty much anything believing in a god. That was their way of explaining what they did not understand. But discussing religion with family who can’t refute my logical arguments against religion, still have faith that there is a heavenly father looking out for them. They just believe. It literally gives me a head ache. I understand when you’re a child and have been told about god, you believe. But when you grow up and can reason for yourself, how can you still believe? Is it mass psychosis? Is it a chemical imbalance in the brain? Is it denial? I was raised catholic and understand the sense of comfort believing that there is a heavenly father watching over you. But there came a point in my life when I could think for myself and could see religion for what it was. But intelligent people still believe the bible literally. What is wrong with these people? They can’t explain it. The shame of it is they do not see and can not truly appreciate the actual beauty of the universe. The diversity of life and how it came to be. To me, I appreciate all these things and more since my eyes have been open.