In a recent debate, Daniel Dennett, a professor at Tufts University, argued that religions are like genes, the most successful ones survive not necessarily because their ideas are true, but because they have succeeded as the "fittest" religious arguments through the years. Since not all religions can be true, he suggested that other reasons must be at play in perpetuating them — such as the idea that mankind may be genetically predisposed to being religious.
What do you think of this notion? Could there be a genetic link to religion?
In addressing this question from a Bahá'í perspective, two important principles come to mind. The first is our abiding belief in progressive revelation, the concept that throughout history, God has sent and will continue to send, holy individuals endowed with perfect, divine knowledge, with teachings to renew and advance civilization and man's understanding of the nature of the Creator. In this regard, the supposition that "not all religions can be true" comes into question.