Opinion reads: Religious awe may belong to a category of biological trait along with male nipples and the gill slits in human fetuses. It has an understandable evolutionary past. The adaptive advantages that led to it are real, but the present adaptive advantage of it, if any, is not entirely straightforward. It doesn’t need an adaptive advantage to be a part of who we are.
Where are the genes for spirituality? What does genetic determinism have to do with spirituality? Is not the need to explain by way of an adaptation another example of utilitarianism, and does not utilitarianism make a bad bed fellow for spirituality?