Anthropomorphism or preparedness? Exploring children's God concepts
- 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.
- Publication status:
- Peer review status:
- Peer reviewed
- Copyright holder:
- Religious Research Association
- Copyright date:
- The full-text of this article is not available in ORA, but you may be able to access the article via the publisher copy link on this record page. N.B. Dr Barrett is now based at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford.