Humans “Primed for Belief” in Creation

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Humans “primed for belief” in creation, according to article in New Scientist, 2 Mar 2009 and Cognition (DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2009.01.001) and the Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2008. Boston University evolutionary psychologists Deborah Kelemen and Evelyn Rosset have claimed analysis of their survey of students of all ages and backgrounds, shows that teleology or belief in purpose is the default mode of our brain. Kelemen commented "It suggests that we're quite explicitly failing in science education, certainly with these undergraduates." In a review of Kelemen’s work, psychologist Paul Bloom (Yale University) says; "What her work suggests is that the creationist side has a huge leg up early on because it fits our natural tendencies. It has implications for why most people on earth are creationists, I think."

This research follows research by Oxford University’s Justin Barrett that showed children as young as one year are able to recognise when a mind is at work, and distinguish between what inanimate objects and people can do, e.g. babies were surprised by a film showing a rolling ball apparently making a neat stack from a disordered heap of blocks. This belief in plan and purpose led Barrett, Oxford's Centre for Anthropology and Mind, to claim that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they automatically assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose. He told BBC Radio 4: "The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children's minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose. If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God." He went on to say: "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."

Editorial Comment: Since research does seem to confirm that belief in a deliberate creation and in the existence of a Creator God seems to be the natural or inbuilt mode of our thinking, it follows that belief in naturalistic or random process is therefore anti-natural.

Therefore, educators are now on record as stating they have obviously failed to eradicate such a belief in purpose by the time students get to university, so they have now publically recommended finding new ways to educate people to get them to reject creation or purpose and disbelieve in a creator God! This is no surprise as such researchers are simply confirming two things the Bible has stated for the last 2,000 years: The apostle Paul wrote the evidence of God is so clearly seen in creation there is no excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20), and the apostle Peter wrote that sceptics will deny both Creator and Creation because they chose to be deliberately ignorant (2 Peter 3:5). We remind such researchers of an educational warning from Christ, who is the Creator, that if anyone leads astray one of these little children who believe in Him, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea, rather than face an eternity being punished in Hell. (Mark 9:42-43) (Ref. perception, indoctrination, psychology)

Evidence News, 11 March 2009

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