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been transmitted as a cultural and even genetic legacy to subsequent generations. Parent-child correlations for religious belief are quite high at 0.64 (fathers-sons) and 0.69 (mothers-daughters) (Newcomb and Svehla, 1937). It has been found that religious belief has a significant heritability of around 0.40 – 0.50 (Koenig, McGrue, Krueger and Bouchard, 2005), so it could be that a number of religious emigrants from Europe had the genetic disposition for religious belief and this has been transmitted to much of the present population.

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