Digger’s Blog brought to my attention to a SMH article about a psychologist who has done some research into what and how children think about God. Some clicking through gets you to an interview with the psychologist Olivera Petrovich that gives much more detail and is very worth reading.
My favourite quote from the interview is:
Children’s descriptions are very basic, whereas adults use more sophisticated vocabulary, but there is no more information about God in adults’ references than there is in children’s. I think this is perfectly plausible and predictable because we can’t say that we as adults have more privileged access to God than children do. We’re all in the same position.
She also comments that Japanese children all think of a creator god, although that concept is not apart of the Shinto religion. Which is a pretty good piece of evidence for the conclusion that belief is a natural thing.
Have a read of the interview for your self, its well worth the read.