eSkeptic reviews The Psychological Roots of Religious Belief

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19 July 2005 09:36

....Psychologists of religion have long recognized the close connection between early childhood development and later religious images and behavior.
According to Faber, the caregiving parent begins laying the groundwork for the child’s eventual religiosity shortly after birth during what Faber calls the “basic biological situation.” Over and over, literally thousands of times per year, the needful infant cries out for and immediately receives nourishment, warmth, comfort, and care from the apparently omnipotent parent, usually the mother. The infant’s crying, or supplication, in response to “crises” constitutes “proto-prayer.” The omni-benevolent and all-powerful mother, in turn, becomes the child’s “proto-deity.”