The Roles of Religion, Spirituality, and Genetics in Paranormal Beliefs – 2004

Research Item – JAMES E. KENNEDY
(Original publication and copyright Skeptical Inquirer, Volume 28, No. 2,
March/April, 2004, pages 39-42)

Recent articles by Erich Goode (2000) and Glenn Sparks (2001) discussed the relationship between religious and paranormal beliefs. Goode proposes that they share a common foundation of belief in phenomena that are outside conventional science. Sparks is less certain of a relationship between traditional religion and paranormal beliefs. However, both writers agree that there are multiple dimensions of both religious and paranormal belief and that these dimensions need further investigation.

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