Are babies born atheists?

by Matt Slick

Atheists often say that babies are born atheists because they lack belief in God. But this is an assumption that cannot be verified. Atheists cannot tell us what is or is not in the minds of babies.  In other words, they are making an assumption without any verification. Now, I am not saying that babies do believe nor am I saying that they do not believe. I'm saying that we cannot know for sure.  But, atheists might reply that belief requires awareness and cognition. That could be true, but we do not know at what level any baby could believe anything. So, how does the atheist know whether or not the baby is wired, at birth, to believe in God and has to learn how not to believe in God as it grows? Or, is the baby wired not to believe in God and has to learn how to believe as it grows?  Either way, how could it be verified? It cannot. Therefore, the atheist cannot validate the assertion that babies are born atheists. It is merely an assumption based on faith.

As far as the Bible goes, there are two verses are relevant to this topic.

  •  "Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb.  You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts," (Psalm 22:9).
  • "For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake," (Phil. 1:29).

We see that God made a suckling babe believe (Psalm 22:9), and that he grants belief to people (Phil. 1:29). So, we have biblical evidence to show us that is possible for the very young to believe.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.