Is the Human Mind Predisposed to Religious Thought?

In this short film, Justin Barrett (Thrive Professor of Developmental Science, Fuller Theological Seminary) explores a fascinating question being asked at the forefront of the cognitive science of religion: Is the human mind predisposed to religious thought?


  • Ecclesial Families: Catholic/Orthodox, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical/Conservative Protestant, Jewish
  • Core Curriculum Course Categories: Ethics, General Theology
  • Science Topics: Neuroscience, Brain, & Mind
  • Transcript: transcript
  • Study Guide: study guide

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