Conceptualizing a Nonnatural Entity: Anthropomorphism in God Concepts

@article{Barrett1996ConceptualizingAN,
  title={Conceptualizing a Nonnatural Entity: Anthropomorphism in God Concepts},
  author={Justin L. Barrett and Frank C. Keil},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  year={1996},
  volume={31},
  pages={219-247}
}
We investigate the problem of how nonnatural entities are represented by examining university students' concepts of God, both professed theological beliefs and concepts used in comprehension of narratives. In three story processing tasks, subjects often used an anthropomorphic God concept that is inconsistent with stated theological beliefs; and drastically distorted the narratives without any awareness of doing so. By heightening subjects' awareness of their theological beliefs, we were able… 

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