People say God knows everything, but adults and children may actually believe something quite different.
That’s one of the surprising findings from research with children and prayer being conducted by Rebekah A. Richert, associate professor of Psychology, and director of the Childhood Cognition Lab, at the University of California, Riverside.
Richert studies how religious teachings actually affect children’s ideas about God. Her research with children, ages 5-8, is showing that as parents pass on religious prayer practices, their children may be reaching theological conclusions they aren’t trying to teach.
One of her questions was whether parents and children thought God could hear them if they didn’t perform certain prayerful actions, such as bowing their heads or kneeling.