Oxford Doctor Claims Children are Born Believing in God

by Teresa Neumann courtesy the Elijah List

Faith like a child: “If we threw a handful [of children] on an island, and they raised themselves, I think they would believe in God.”

(United Kingdom)—Dr. Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind, has made the claim that children naturally have faith even when they have not been taught about it by family or at school.

prayinghands“If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves,” said Barrett, “I think they would believe in God.” (Photo by: John Taylor)

According to a BBC report, in a lecture to be given at the University of Cambridge’s Faraday Institute this week, Dr. Barrett will cite psychological experiments carried out on children that he says show they instinctively believe that almost everything has been designed with a specific purpose.

Dr. Barrett was also quoted as saying children are more likely to believe in creationism rather than evolution, despite what they may be told by parents or teachers.

“Children’s normally and naturally developing minds make them prone to believe in divine creation and intelligent design. In contrast, evolution is unnatural for human minds; relatively difficult to believe.”

Source: Martin Beckford – The Telegraph UK