Who could have imagined it? Ivy league psychologists, often at odds with all things Biblical, have published a study that provides further validation (if anyone needs it) of Romans 1:19:
For the truth about God is known to [all men] instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. (New Living Testament)
Who opened the eyes of the august academians to this profound spiritual truth?
A bunch of babies. (You gotta love it.)
According to a news report citing today’s Daily Mail:
…experiments conducted by the psychology department at Yale University showed that babies may already have a sense of right and wrong before it is introduced to them by their family.
One trial used puppets, where the “naughty” and unhelpful characters were rejected by the 6-month-old babies, and the “good” characters were embraced. When babies were told to take away treats from the “bad” puppets, they not only took the treats away, but smacked the puppet on the head.
“A growing body of evidence suggests that humans do have a rudimentary moral sense from the very start of life,” said professor Paul Bloom, a psychologist at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. “Some sense of good and evil seems to be bred in the bones.”
The results of the experiments showed that the infants overwhelmingly preferred the “good” and helpful characters to the villain puppets.
“This wasn’t a subtle statistical trend; just about all the babies reached for the good guy,” Bloom said.
All I can say is, “Preach it, baby! Preach it!”
(To read both the news article and the Daily Mail report, click here.)