November 26, 2008

Children born believing in God

by David Masters

Children are born believing in God, according to Oxford University academic Dr Justin Barrett.

Dr Barrett, senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, argued his case yesterday in a debate style lecture at Cambridge University.

Barrett’s research has found that young children have a faith even when they haven’t been taught about God by their family or at school.

In a BBC Radio Four interview Barrett said he believed that children who raised themselves on an island would believe in God.

Barrett’s argument challenges the view of atheists that children learn to believe in God because of indoctrination by their parents.

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