In fact, the article says this, quoting the authors (Grafman et al.):

“Our results are unique in demonstrating that specific components of religious belief are mediated by well-known brain networks and they support contemporary psychological theories that ground religious belief within evolutionary-adaptive cognitive functions.”

“There is nothing unique about religious belief in these brain structures. Religion doesn’t have a ‘God spot’ as such, instead it’s embedded in a whole range of other belief systems in the brain that we use every day,” Professor Grafman said.

Scientists are divided on whether religious belief has a biological basis.

Note that they don’t say that faith is hard-wired, but that religious belief “is mediated by well-known brain networks” (so what?) and that their findings “ground religious belief within evolutionary-adaptive cognitive functions.” That last statement is a bit weaselly, because all kinds of things that didn’t evolve, like our ability to play chess or invent light bulbs, are also grounded in “evolutionary-adaptive cognitive functions.” In fact, everything that humans do could be said to be “grounded in those functions.” After all, the brain evolved, and much of what we do is actuated by the brain.

This, combined with the fact that those same brain areas light up when one contemplates moral problems (the article don’t say whether atheist brains also light up in the same circumstances), suggest only that different parts of the brain are used for different things. And, of course, we already knew that. It says absolutely nothing about whether the brain is hard-wired for faith, which I take to mean that natural selection has installed in us a belief in supernatural deities.  (One could test that, of course, by bringing up kids in an environment completely free from religious influence or knowledge, and see if they spontaneously start worshipping God. My bet is that they wouldn’t, but the experiment is impossible in today’s world.) Too, if religion is “hard-wired”, it’s remarkably easy to soften the wires, for many countries, like those in Scandinavia and Europe (and 41% of Brits) consist largely of nonbelievers. That’s not hard-wiring, but beliefs that are malleable.

If anything is hard-wired in our brains, it’s our tendency to believe what our elders tell us when we’re small children. That would clearly be adaptive, for we immediately benefit from others’ experience. Religion has piggy-backed on this evolved credulity to allow our elders to indoctrinate children with all kinds of superstitious nonsense. In that sense religion is a spandrel.

But what’s important here is that Thomas completely fails to support his case that atheists are mentally ill—unless he considers rationality a mental illness—and he grossly and willfully distorts scientific research to claim that because we’re all “hard-wired for God,” those who are atheists have their wires crossed.

The guy is not only a terrible arguer, but a mean piece of work.