People are born with absolutely no knowledge of religion. Religion is taught, therefore, people are born non-believers.
People tend to adapt to the faith of their parents, based on the region they live in. If you are born in the US, you are more likely than not, a Christian; In Iraq, a Muslim; in India, a Hindu. Religious faith is learned, NOT inborn. Believers are taught belief by other believers.
I think newborns are completely devoid of any sense of self or any other entity other than their immediate personal needs. They run on instinct .. To suckle and feed, because that is a survival instinct ... Beyond basic instinct is learned skills, and knowledge.
If people were born theists ... Or believing in a god ... Then EVERYBODY would be born with the same belief. The belief in the true god(s). Obviously, that is not the case, or there would not be hundreds of religions. (sects, yes - but not completely differing religions)
It would be an interesting experiment. Raise a child to 25 or so without any religious paraphernalia at all. No indoctrination.
I totally doubt she'd have faith of any supernatural kind.
Kind of impossible though. Believers in the supernatural salivate at the sight of young children. Not in any Subway sense, just at the thought that with the right method of persuasion, the child would enter their ranks and keep their faction one person further from obsolescence.
Since the base meaning of the word "Atheism" is "Without God - No God", we are born Atheist lack both the knowledge of the concept regarding God/Gods and along with any other knowledge other then our base instincts (the need to eat to stay alive).
Since this is not a conscious decision to choose NOT to believe in the concepts of religion, it is implicit. It is usually by cultural traditions that we indoctrinate our children. Hence, why some believe in one type of God, while others, another or none.
Do recall reading, some years ago, that someone has posited that people were born with a genetic disposition for or against belief. They called it the "God gene". Don't recall much beyond that, but do recall that there was quite a huhu about it at the time.
Contrary to what a lot of the people here think we are not born blank slates and we are born with the mechanisms to at least be shunted toward the religious state, though not anything so specific as a god.
Take our pattern recognition ability and out attribution of agency ability. We see patterns and we attribute these patterns to agency, thus some forms of primitive religion is born.
Now babies would have no concept of gods though they have abilities such as folk physics, folk biology and the like. Gods are a very specific entity needing much in the way of human complication for their existence
So babies would be born atheist, having no belief in gods. .
People are born with a clean slate, it's their parents and associates that place beliefs in their heads. My children had no influence to or away from religion from my wife or myself. They were allowed to go to church with their friends, and received answers to their religious questions in a nonpartisan way. All but one out of five is atheist.
Neither. They are born believers because they are magical thinkers. Children engage in imaginative play. They ask a lot of questions, what happens when you die? What is death? Children engage in play in order to learn acceptance or make up their own minds. No person is completely logical we all dream and we all buy into superstitions. Would you buy and wear a dead mans coat? What if he'd been a murderer? No, because somehow you think his essence is attached, hence why we hold on to loved ones items.
No we all have to be taught that there is no Creator. As we grow and look at the awesom universe and all we have on earth to sustain life the question come up who made all this? Genesis 1:1
Everyone is born with a different religion.
Warning old question.
Superstition is hardwired into our brains.
Supersition pulls you in the direction
of your beliefs.
Let yourself be guided according
to your own nature.
Well, there was a fluff-up about a genetic "god gene tenor twelve years ago or so (maybe longer - time flies when you are an oldz), which posited that some of us were born with a genetic predisposition to believe in the supernatural. I don't know, but it does seem to me that some of us need to believe, and some of us just can't see the logic in that. What scares me about the believers is that deep in a large chunk of humanity is a need to dictate behavior to the rest of us. Combine those two and things can be ugly. My personal feeling is that you can believe whatever silly stuff you want as long as you don't expect me to conform to your dogma, or acknowledge that your belief system is superior to mine.
When we are born our minds are undeveloped and without knowledge. As we grow, we learn.
The children of religious parents are taught there is a God. They trust their parents and, for a time, believe.
Some set it aside and move on to other things; others hold their parents' belief all their lives.
But at the point of birth? Their minds are a clean slate. Well, more of a palimpsest, I suppose.
every one is born a atheist. It is when people introduce religion to some one they are no longer a atheist oof
Being an atheist is a choice,God say's whoever seeks me will find me when they seek me with all of their heart.
No. I completely agree with Cookie Hill. Children naturally are born inquisitive about how we got here and who created the wonderful earth on which we live as well as this amazing awe inspiring universe and it's various cycles. We find the answer at Genesis 1:1 and Isaiah 45:18. When I meet and speak with atheists, one of the questions I always ask is "Have you always been an atheist?" Thus far, the answer that I've always received is no. We have all the reasons to believe that there is a Creator than not to believe that there is one. Interestingly, even when one chooses not to believe in a Creator, they still feel inclined to attribute it to something. I think it speaks to our innate desire to acknowledge that this amazing earth on which we live didn't just happen. For every cause there is an effect.
An old question by date, but it is always current in relevance.
I like to think that since the soul (as well as the physical being) was just recently created, it (the soul) somehow retains its "awareness" (however we might define that word in that context) of the existence of God and its relationship to him. (Sort of a divine, non-Jungian "collective unconscious.")
The soul shares its act of existence with the body; and since the body is rooted in time (and therefore change), it must wait until the body attains the capacity for the brain to formulate the appropriate ability to make abstractions.
And at that moment, God starts His approach toward each of us personally, growing us to the extent that we cooperate.
(Hey---it's my canvas, my paint, and therefore my picture. Take or leave a copy---your choice.)