Why do people believe in God?
To feel in control of their lives.
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During the Great Depression, conversion rates for religious sects offering a high level of imposed order rose substantially (Sales 1972, 1973).
Experiments show that the less in control someone feels, the more likely they are to believe in God or some nonhuman entity that controls all events (Alan Kay 2008).
"Undergraduates read bogus astrophysics articles “proving” God's existence or not offering proof. Participants in the proof-for-God condition reported higher belief in God (compared to control) when they chronically imagined God as accepting but lower belief in God when they imagined God as rejecting." (Gebauer 2012).