August 30, 2014

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Are kids born with a predisposed ability to believe in God, a childlike faith?

Children, argues Justin L. Barrett, are born receptive to the idea that there is a God. In Born Believers: The Science of Children's Religious Belief (Free Press), Barrett, a psychology professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, builds upon previous research on cognitive development to show that children naturally intuit design—and a Designer—when exposed to the natural world. Holly Catterton Allen, professor of Christian ministries at John Brown University, spoke with Barrett about the scientific evidence testifying to children's religious beliefs.

Why do you suggest children are "born believers?"