BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS’ BRAINS ARE SHRINKING

From USA TODAY:

A new study from Duke University Medical Center, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, found that Protestants who did not have a "born again" experience had significantly more gray matter than either those who reported a life-changing religious experience, Catholics, or unaffiliated older adults.

When OCICBW... asked 100 evangelicals if they knew what a hippocampus was all of them thought of this first.

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BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS’ BRAINS ARE SHRINKING — 9 Comments

  1. I clicked through to see if there were any hypotheses as to what would account for this. One commenter said the following:

    “If you know the truth, you don’t have to think any more.”

  2. What about (Anglo-)Catholics w/ a Born Again experience

    {raises hand. I had the the BAE close to a decade before, as an adult, ID’ing as AC}

  3. Oh, a golden opportunity to talk about JCF’s brain size.
    But no. I will be a good boy and refrain from being predictable for once.

  4. As Counterlight has been known to remark, I thank God every day that I grew up in the lukewarm embrace of Methodism, with its lack of emphasis on life-altering religious experiences. The fact that, at least during my undergraduate days, no hippos or other terrifying wild beasts were ever permitted on the SMU campus reflected this orientation to the spiritual life and no doubt helped me preserve a critical portion of brain matter (of which, believe me, I need every bit I can muster these days).

    Public displays of affection in the middle of the quad were also frowned upon in those days. Gosh, I hate to think of the condition of the hippocampi of the students at whatever campus that is . . . .

    Great Photoshop, MP.

  5. The grey line of the path in front of the hypotheses runs through the bicycle and the couple’s legs. Otherwise it is a perfect picture of Harvard life.

    FWIW
    jimB