Skip to comments.Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality
Posted on 07/30/2014 9:33:51 AM PDT by lowbridge
According to new research from Boston University, young children with a religious background are less able to distinguish between fantasy and reality compared with their secular counterparts.
In two studies, 66 kindergarten-age children were presented with three types of stories - realistic, religious and fantastical. The researchers then queried the children on whether they thought the main character in the story was real or fictional.
While nearly all children found the figures in the realistic narratives to be real, secular and religious children were split on religious stories. Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real, whereas children from non-religious households saw them as fictional.
Although this might be unsurprising, secular and religious children also differed in their interpretation of fantasy narratives where there was a supernatural or magical storyline.
"Secular children were more likely than religious children to judge the protagonist in such fantastical stories to be fictional," wrote the researchers.
"The results suggest that exposure to religious ideas has a powerful impact on children's differentiation between reality and fiction, not just for religious stories but also for fantastical stories."
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
And who decides if the “real” stories are real?
As far as I can tell, religious children can actually have fun, and a big imagination.
Like global warming?
I remember back in the 1920s-30s, a certain European government who conducted these kinds of studies on children of a religious persuasion. Eventually they ended up sending them to death camps.
Its the liberal way. Dehumanization ——> Annihilation.
Also, brought to you by the British Broadcast Communists who harbor pedophiles like Saville and Harris. What’s the bet the children in this study were molested?
But of course, they see it as preferable to raise children as atheists, with no moral standards. Of course what do you expect.
‘”This study proves a benefit of religion, not a detriment, because research shows how imaginative and fictional thinking, fantasy play, aid in the cognitive development of children,” writes Eliyahu Federman in USA Today. “Raising children with fantastical religious tales is not bad after all.” [...]
‘”Those claiming that belief in religious stories harms children should be interpreting research and science correctly,” he says.
‘”Not only is there benefit in allowing children to think imaginatively without forcing them into the mindset of perceived reality, but according to at least one study, raising children with religion also increases self-esteem, lowers anxiety, risk of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, and dangerous sexual behaviour.”
‘But other commentators found that the implications of the research should not be taken so seriously.
‘”Are we really going to say that kids who are taught to believe the Bible is true are somehow developmentally delayed because they’re more likely, at age 5 or 6, to believe fantastical things?” writes Jenny Erikson for the Stir.
‘”Flip side to this equation could be that secular kids are taught to lose their sense of wonder and imagination at an earlier age than their Bible-believing friends.”’
This coming from a network who had one of the worst serial pedophiles in UK history on their payroll for YEARS......and turned a blind eye.
“...Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as real...”
Well, duh......If they are religious, they BELIEVE in religion.
This has to be one of the most ridiculous “findings” I’ve ever heard...
Does this include ALL the religions? Or are ‘certain’ ones exempt?
Alternate title: Religious kids more likely to be open-minded in considering possibilities.
What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon. — G.K. Chesterton in Tremendous Trifles (1909)
Shocking that the BBC would publish this considering that the number one baby name in England is Mohammad.
On the other hand, religious kids are very good at discerning good from evil.
Children with a religious upbringing tended to view the protagonists in religious stories as realIf from the Bible, they are 100% real. Of course, the commies in Boston U treat all religious stories as the same.
BBC continuing war on Religion (Islam, isn’t one)
Oh, you know they don’t mean “Muslim” when they use the word “religious”, they mean “Christian”.
Here’s a good question -
was “the good Samaritan” a real person?
OMG. Do these people have any morals at all?
Why is it a “good question”, especially when the story’s origin frames it in the context of a parable?
The Koran has Jesus speaking as an infant, turning clay doves into real doves, and calling tables filled with food out of heaven. The “good question” is to whether those stories are real or not.
And like, two men can "have" a baby? And a man can "become" a woman?
Yeah, we live in a fantasy world alright. /sarc
>> “Wow, this study sounds incredibly objective and rigorously scientific.” <<
Have you not noticed that when the word “study” is used, it almost automatically excludes the use of scientific methods?
Just as we need to evaluate exact poll questions and how such question were asked with respect to being told how people responded to a poll, we need to evaluate exactly what children were presented with in this study get the complete picture as to why children responded the way that they did.
Ah the progressive agenda. Always present.
Not an issue with Reformed Christians, where truth is what matters, and there are no unscriptural holidays such as Christmas or Easter.
Best to teach from day one the discernment of true from false.
You’ll not find many “fairy tales” taught as being true in the Reformed community.
But still much better at it than totalitarian leftists and their enablers.
Ha! Liberal adults have this problem. Even children can see through their nonsense.
There...fixed it for you. We are in between Dehumanization and Alienation. Once alienated, only personal firearms will stop us from Annihilation.
Thank God for our Founding Fathers!
That may be true to some marginal degree for children. But for adults, it is clear that liberals, who tend to be irreligious, are pathologically unable to differentiate fantasy from reality at all. Ergo, the insistence that barack obama is a great president, that his foreign policy is top-notch, and that the economy is on a boom cycle.
Jesus says in Mark 9:42, “Whoever offends one of these little ones who believes in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.”,
The ungodly, who are spiritually blind, will be judged very harshly by God for attacking the faith of children.
Like Soetoro's multiple names, SS numbers and birth certificates?
Study: People who do studies are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality
In other words, the BBC conflates all religious stories as fantasy. In their mind, no biblical character is or was real. There was no Moses, no David, no Abraham, or Solomon, etc. It's all just make-believe stories in the BBC's mind, like unicorns.
Is this why the ISIS and the Taliban are winning?
I cannot believe the media runs articles about these stupid “studies” as if they are not baloney. 66 kids somehow represents everyone now?
Describes Democrat voters.
Why do you suppose there is so much "global warming" indoctrination in the earliest government school grades?
Add relentless pro-sodomy indoctrination, as a free bonus.
“I believe silence will be met with silence”
Whether Obama said this to Net or not, this is what libs believe. “Adult” ones at that.
Slow news day.
Which protagonists aren't/weren't real?
#2 in this week’s attack on faith from academia... first was the Ohio State psycho class “quiz” that indicated atheists have higher IQs than those of faith.
Give a religious kid a copy of ACA, and he/she will tell you it’s fantasy within the first three pages.
Non religious children believe they know what is “real”?
they see it as preferable to raise children as atheists,...”
As we read in a post yesterday, atheists have a higher IQ than Christians. So I guess all these highly intellectual conclusions would lead one to believe that everyone in my family is an ignorant Bible thumper and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.
We’ll see about that in the hereafter!
Yea right. You have to be totally detached from reality if you think this(creation) is all some big coincidence.
Over the target.
Christian children are taught the Bible is the history of real people. Agnostic children are told the Bible is full of lies and fantasy. Which group is grounded in reality?
As to fantasy, a 5 yr old who believes in Santa Claus will grow to understand the value of principles and ideals. A child who is denied belief in ideals will become cynical and neurotic.
The research conclusions are precisely upside down. They say vastly more about the attitudes and values of the researchers than the children.
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