People speak of "spirituality" but fail to provide a unifying definition.
People speak of the "soul" of which we cannot prove.
People speak of a connection with beings we cannot ensure the existence of.
We CAN look at the brain in development.
We can reasonably make the claim that you cannot understand something until you're both capable of learning and retaining the information.
We can safely assume that there's just as much chance as a newborn inherently understanding a god as there is in him or her understanding the geography of a foreign country.
God doesn't exist, it has been proven that religion is a man made thing. Christianity has shown to have many pagan elements added in to it. That is why babies are born atheist because there is no god or heaven or hell. Believe the truth you Christians for the truth will liberate your mind from the suppression of the church.
Atheist is defined as: "a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods." from the Google Online Dictionary, and it matches other dictionaries and Encyclopedias.
Some Naive Clowns think Lack Of Belief is Agnosticism: WRONG: DERRRR! :-P.
Agnostic is Defined as Having Skepticism Concerning God(s).
In other words and in the words of the Oxford Dictionary: "A person who believes that nothing can be known of God, and only has belief in material things." So an Agnostic is truly a Skeptic who knows about belief in God and another synonym for an Agnostic is a Materialist.
Thus babies cannot be Agnostic, because this requires knowledge of belief in God, so babies can only be Atheists.
By Definition: A Lack of Belief In God = Atheist.
Babies cannot perform such abstract thinking. Babies not only "lack belief in God(s)," but they also do not know what God is. They simply cannot understand the concept of a higher being. Children, under the influence of another, learn and accept the concept of a religion. This is why feral children (children not raised by humans) do not believe in God.
By definition, babies cannot be religious. Atheism is the absence of religion. Religion supposes conscious thought, of which newborns are incapable. Thus all babies are atheists. I do not understand how people could possible chose the "no" option, as it is inherently false. Anyone who understands the proper definitions of "baby", "religion" and "atheism" has no choice but to agree.
Religion was proven by anthropologists to be, though archaic, a recent creation. We haven't yet seen any signs of worship older than 10,000 B.C.E, and the most recent form of evolution from our predecessors dates back much further. To say that atheism is a choice rather than a pre-determined belief would be perverse.
If the baby had, in fact, had a belief of a deity or deities built in, it would've shown in the older versions of mankind.
People do not come out of the womb saying, "FATHER, Lord of earth and heaven, Spare, or take what thou hast given; Sole disposer of...". It is just not something babies do. Why? Because we have no knowledge. Of course, we end up to continue lacking common sense because we gain a belief in God, but still... We are all born Atheists.
It might be argued that instead of being atheist, they are agnostic or another title that represents an absence of spiritual knowledge.
It is an inevitability that beliefs of rather there is or is not a god will form later on in the life of a child, but before they come to an age in which it is possible to accept belief, they are absent in religious values and the idea of god. Having the potential to believe does not validate belief or give it any sort of sign of current belief, and as this debate states, we are born atheist regardless of how we are raised.
It does make me think though, in the event that people are born religious, are they all born with values that just happen to correlate with what their parents plan? After all, who is to say every baby is not born Jewish or Muslim.
Surely a baby must be an atheist (no belief in god or gods), for they have not been taught about gods and religion, a baby doesn't know how to read or speak English or Arabic or Irish, they are taught these things whether directly or indirectly from their surroundings, they are not born with them.
No person and no religion can provide proof that their religion is true and that all other religions are false other than their self-righteous, ignorant holy documents. So babies are often taught the religion of their parents and told "this is true" and the babies grow up taking what they were taught for granted.
Human beings have an innate need to search for God, this is inborn and not learned. We all year for spirituality. Most young children take to belief in God so naturally.
I really don't think they are born athiest. I think people become that way based on their life situations.
When confronting a single claim of a particular deity you are either to accept the claim is true or not.
If the claim cannot be known, you are thinking agnostic and you either will take this claim on the basis of faith (Agnostic theist) or not take the claim on faith (agnostic atheist).
If the claim can be known, then you are thinking Gnostic and you either know the claim is true (Gnostic theism) or know the claim is false (agnostic atheist)
If you present the claim to anything that cannot know the concept of a deity then you cannot put it into a group.
Babies cannot know the concept of deities therefore they are not this type of atheist.
"This Type" is referred to the very definition of "What is an Atheist".
One type could be the definition I have described above, however another definition would be "One that has no belief in a deity".
So a baby could be an atheist because it does not hold a belief.
But this kind of "Atheism" I do not agree with, Anyone care to add to this?
One, scientific studies suggest that we are hardwired for belief. Second, the fields of archaeology and anthropology make it clear that religious belief is so ubiquitous throughout humanity that the most reasonable explanation for it is that religious belief is innate. I would also like to point out that the definition being used for atheist here is bogus.
An atheist would be someone who is certain that God does not exist, who has totally rejected all arguments from God and uphold that His existence is neither proven nor necessary. I think the correct term would be "agnostic atheist". Seeing as how they don't reject God, but they also don't know about a belief in God as Sagey pointed out. So therefore, they cannot reject a belief in God since they know nothing about religion.
They're babies. They don't believe in god, but they also don't not believe in god. They have no concept one way or another. A baby doesn't have republican views just because it's not democratic. It doesn't have political views at all. It's a freaking baby. They don't have opinions. At all.
It is nearly right. I believe we are born agnostic. They are born atheist because they do not even at all understand that theory. They are born agnostic because they are undiecided. They are not completly sure what is the correct belief because they are unable to think for themselves at this age.
I know we lack belief in God(s) but they also lack understanding of the atheism theory so they are undiecided and agnostic.
Babies are... Well.... Babies. To be an atheist is to claim that there is no God. Yes i do agree that babies don't automatically know there is a god, but they also do not believe that there is no god. Babies can't give an opinion on whether or not God exists, so no they are not atheists.
If God made us (including the Atheist) Christianity is the first thing we know. We are all raised into a religion and have the power to change into a new one or none when we find out what we do on Sunday mornings. We are all Children of god and he made us from the start
To be an atheist one needs be aware of the issues and make a conscious decision that God doesn't exist. Babies are too new to make this kind of decision. There are no born atheists, and to claim otherwise is to rationalize and rig the results. How unscientific is this!
To the level that you are aware of your own existence you are aware of the existence of the triune God. To say that someone is born with a lack of belief presumes that belief in God is something arrived at. But belief in God is actually a proper function of who we are. Even those who are living in rebellion and suppress the truth of God know he exists.