The discussions and comments on this subject have been fairly entertaining for me, but now I think it's time to move on to part 2.
The science of brain chemistry and genetics tell us much about why many of us humans can have tendencies toward spiritual beliefs, and why the genes that promote such beliefs/delusions. For instance, studies that link the DRD4 dopamine receptors' activities with spiritual beliefs show a trend for low spirituality, high scepticism, for people with below average DRD4 activity, high spirituality, low scepticism, for people with above average DRD4 activity, and people who are clearly schizophrenic having around 500 times above average DRD4 activity. I must stress the point about TENDENCY. There are clearly other genes, and environment, education and intelligence that will modify belief and/or delusions of imposable things. For instance, John Nash, the mathematician of the movie "A Beautiful Mind", suffered from schizophrenic delusions, but after years of treatment was able to function normally by intellectually rejecting the delusions.
So, given this knowledge which gives us an understanding as to how people can come to believe in miracles and other delusions of religious/spiritual sort. So when a church, Temple, etc.. promotes the belief in literal interpretation of their holy book, and of the miracles within it, should that church, temple, etc.., be held legally responsible for acts of violence perpetrated by members of their congregation?
What do you think?