God and Dopamine

I ran across this meme on Facebook back in January that was, as far as I can tell, produced by a person or group that goes by the name “Chritiantoatheist”: “I don’t always experience God, but when I do, it’s dopamine.” The shortest response from a thoughtful believer is, “Of course it is.” (A thoughtful, but snarky one might add “duh” at the end). This is a pristine example of begging the question. It only works as a refutation of the existence of God on the presupposition that God does not exist. If God does exist, and we experience God in the same way that we experience other persons, then of course an experience of God would produce a chemical reaction in the brain. Just had to get that off my chest.

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