Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Guardian: Out of the mouths of babes

Guardian: Out of the mouths of babes

'Do children believe because they're told to by adults? The evidence suggests otherwise'

by Justin L Barrett

Very interesting article. It appears that children have an innate ability to receive and understand the concept of God.

"Children doubt that impersonal processes can create order or purpose. Studies with children show that they expect that someone not something is behind natural order. No wonder that Margaret Evans found that children younger than 10 favoured creationist accounts of the origins of animals over evolutionary accounts even when their parents and teachers endorsed evolution. Authorities' testimony didn't carry enough weight to over-ride a natural tendency.

Children know humans are not behind the order so the idea of a creating god (or gods) makes sense to them. Children just need adults to specify which one."

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