I'm pretty sure we are born not believing in any deity.
Bold mine. This is absolutely true, if be deity you mean god(s). If you mean a more vague definition that would include other powerful supernatural beings, I disagree. See why below.
The evidence shows that outside factors urge us towards a specific deity, usually based on where we live and what our caretakers are.
Bold mine. That's it right there. We are born with a natural inclination to attribute unexplained phenomena to an intelligence. For future reference and I will be referring to this unnamed unknown intelligent being behind the scenes as Om
Even babies and animals create their own Om
. The belief in an Om
pulling strings behind the scene is there from birth. Your parents and society foster and direct that belief towards the specific Om
that they were raised to attribute those unexplained phenomena to. For some it's Jesus or God or Allah or Jehovah, or other gods, for others it's leprechauns, pixies, fairies, or other supernatural creatures, and for still others it's Lady Luck or fate
(with or without a capital F).
It's called hyper-active agent detection, and it's the foundation for all magical thinking.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_detectionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_psychology_of_religion
We are naturally nuetral on Columbus until told otherwise.
False analogy. We have no knowledge of Columbus until we learn about him, but we begin to believe in our own personal Om
from birth, manifesting and growing more powerful, feeding on our curiosity about things we don't understand, until our parents give our Om
name and form or we destroy our Om
by seeking understanding.