Matthew R. Perry

Children Are Born Believers in God, Academic Claims

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm

A recent article in the Telegraph says that “Children are ‘born believers’ in God and do not simply acquire religious beliefs through indoctrination.  He told the BBC:

The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose. . . . If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God.

He went on to note that children are more likely to believe in creationism rather than evolution, regardless of what teachers or parents may teach.

I find this rather encouraging that someone in the academic realm has been stating what Christianity has been stating for centuries. I wonder how the other academics will react? I, for one, am delighted.

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  1. I find this rather encouraging that someone in the academic realm has been stating what Christianity has been stating for centuries.

    They’re not saying that belief in gods is rational, they’re saying that the human mind is predisposed to believe it, right or wrong.

    And they’re definitely not saying anything about any specific god.

  2. I understand what they are saying — they use the term ‘God.’ But the academician used the term “God,” therefore so will I.

  3. Of course, when we were children we thought as children, spoke as children, and acted as children. Most of us, however, grew up.

    Children have lots of magical beliefs: Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Boogie Man, etc., but that does not lend any credence to such ideas for those who have reached maturity. Why should this finding be any different?

    Many important concepts and realities about our world are indecipherable and incomprehensible to small children, but that does not serve as a denial of those concepts nor does it even call them into question. Why should evolution be any different?

  4. DL:

    There’s another angle. When we hear constantly of the Lockian view that we are simply a blank slate when we are born and become the sum of our experiences — thus those who believe in God have been indoctrinated accordingly. This admission shows that children see this not because of indoctrination, but shows what the Scriptures have always said, “God has planted eternity into the hearts of man” (Eccl. 3:11).

    In other words, we have been indoctrinated that there is no God, not the other way around. Sad.

  5. […] HT: Brother Matt Perry’s Blog […]

  6. not only that, Jesus said to when you come to him, to come to him as when you were a child with a love so pure for the heavenly father! Another thing the bible tells us is woe unto him who hurts any one of these young ones, God loves children, and he sent his only begotten child, our Lord and Savior Jesus, who worked all of his life preaching the gospel of himself and now still while the father is in his rest is our “helper” to get his work done so that we can be worthy of the heavenly father! What compassion he has!!!!!!!!!!!

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