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 Post subject: Recommendation: Born Believers
PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:45 am 
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I wanted to recommend this book, it is a book of social science, it reflects recent research that has been done on the origins of belief in God.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005F ... JXKW6HNMBY

The book argues that belief in God is natural, normal and instinctive in human beings, that people are born with an instinctive knowledge of God, and an instinctive belief that their lives are being overseen or guided by an unseen 'higher intelligence'.

The evidence is too detailed and complex to list here, but let me summarize the situation:

Among atheist intellectuals, there is an assumption towards an idea that might be called 'presuppositional atheism', which is the belief that everyone is naturally atheist, and the only reason anyone believes in God is that they are taught, or indoctrinated, or brainwashed or whatnot, into doing so. They argue that if a person were to grow up never being taught about God, then he would never be able to come up with the idea of God.

This book is written to refute this assumption. The argument is that the real truth is the exact opposite, that human beings have a natural and instinctive knowledge of God, and before anyone says it, the author argues that children can understand the difference between God and Santa Claus, or God and an imaginary friend. Even from the youngest age, children instinctively understand the difference between reality and 'making pretend', and that they know that imaginary friends are make believe but they do not put God in the same category.



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