I just read this interesting article yesterday: What God does to your brain.
Let’s say that scientists find that 99.9% of Believers have disinhibited prefrontal cortices, and they invent brain scanning technology that can predict with 99% confidence whether a particular brain belongs to a Believer or a Non-Believer.
Let’s also say that research shows that an individual can’t “will” his brain to be dishibited or non-dishibited. Going to church more frequently will do nothing. But scientists have created a therapeutic device that will train a brain to be more disinhibited. Most brains will become sufficiently disinhibited after just a few therapy sessions. But it only works on children. Not adults. This is the only known way to treat Non-Believing Brain Disorder (NNBD).
Let’s say your family doctor finds that one of your children has the brain profile of a Non-Believer. The kid is still very young, so unsurprisingly he/she claims to believe and says all the “right” things. But multiple doctors tell you there’s a very high likelihood the kid will be a Non-Believer upon reaching adulthood. Unless he/she gets this therapy.
If the therapy has minimal side effects and is inexpensive, would you get your child treated? Or would you just leave them be?