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The Resource Born believers : the science of children's religious belief, Justin L. Barrett

Born believers : the science of children's religious belief, Justin L. Barrett

Label
Born believers : the science of children's religious belief
Title
Born believers
Title remainder
the science of children's religious belief
Statement of responsibility
Justin L. Barrett
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Developmental psychologist and anthropologist Justin L. Barrett presents a theory that we are predisposed to believe in God from birth. It all begins in the brain. Infants, under the sway of powerful internal and external forces, make sense of their environments by imagining a creative and intelligent agent, a grand controller who makes the sun shine and the night fall. In the chaos of childhood, where so much is out of the child's control, this belief in a morally good creator can bring tremendous comfort and calm. A child's world is then filled with beings who intentionally act upon the environment, maintaining order. Summarizing scientific experiments conducted with children across the globe, Professor Barrett illustrates the ways human beings have come to develop complex belief systems about God's omniscience, the afterlife, and the immortality of deities, and shows how this underlies all of the major world religions, uniting them under one common source
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barrett, Justin L.
Dewey number
200.1/9
Index
index present
LC call number
BF723.G63
LC item number
B37 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Faith
  • God
  • Child psychology
  • Children
  • Psychology, Religious
Label
Born believers : the science of children's religious belief, Justin L. Barrett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-292) and index
Contents
Secret agents everywhere -- Children in search of a purpose -- Identifying the Maker -- The mind of God -- The nature of God -- Natural religion -- It's OK to be childish -- So stupid they'll believe anything? -- Is atheism unnatural? -- Should you introduce children to God? -- Encouraging children's religious development
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 302 p.
Isbn
9781439196540
Lccn
2011039581
System control number
  • ocn741542505
  • (OCoLC)741542505
Label
Born believers : the science of children's religious belief, Justin L. Barrett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-292) and index
Contents
Secret agents everywhere -- Children in search of a purpose -- Identifying the Maker -- The mind of God -- The nature of God -- Natural religion -- It's OK to be childish -- So stupid they'll believe anything? -- Is atheism unnatural? -- Should you introduce children to God? -- Encouraging children's religious development
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Free Press hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 302 p.
Isbn
9781439196540
Lccn
2011039581
System control number
  • ocn741542505
  • (OCoLC)741542505

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