A PROVOCATIVE book by psychologist and anthropologist Justin Barrett contends that there is a divine force embedded in our lives from birth.
The book claims infants have a natural inclination to believe in a supreme being, and that their subsequent spiritual beliefs cannot be explained as the sole result of indoctrination or brainwashing.
In other words, we are all born predisposed to religious belief.
In his book, Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Belief, Barrett points to new research about systems of the human mind which develop very early, and which make belief in some sort of god almost inevitable for children
Barrett writes that belief in God is a consequence of the kind of minds we have. Most of what we believe comes from mental tools working below our conscious awareness.
He suggests that children may also be predisposed to believe in a soul that persists beyond death.