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Anthropomorphism or preparedness? Exploring children's God concepts

Abstract:
Historically, the development of God concepts in human cognition has been explained anthropomorphically. In other words, for children especially, God is a big, super-human who lives in the sky. Recent empirical research on the development of these concepts may suggest an alternative hypothesis. In this paper, we review this research and outline the "preparedness hypothesis," which suggests that children may be cognitively equipped to understand some properties of God in a non-anthropomorphic way.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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University of Virginia
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Justin L. Barrett
Publisher:
Religious Research Association Publisher's website
Journal:
Review of Religious Research Journal website
Volume:
44
Issue:
3
Pages:
300-312
Publication date:
2003-03-05
ISSN:
0034673X
URN:
uuid:566993fb-605c-46a0-83ab-705be500a761
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ora:3144

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