What nonsense! What happened to all the studies stating that young children live in a world of magic, a world where the fantastic is part of life, where imagination is nurtured? What happened to the psychologist who told listeners on NPR some years ago that you can't tell children there are no ghosts or monsters when they are young because they will not believe you. They aren't ready yet. But you can tell them that their parents or guardians won't let those spooks into the house and they will believe in their guardian's or parent's authority to keep harm out. Passe now? Just another passing phase?
As someone who grew up in a religious family, whose ancestors heading back many generations have been faithful Protestants, I can assure you we never had trouble telling what was real from what was not. My kids have been raised in the church and they know well the difference between reality and fantasy. I too know the difference. And I can sure smell fabrication all over this study. You'll have to do better than that guys. Much better than that. So ends the rant ... and that's a fact.
For another rant on the warped idea that religion is the root of all warfare, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/06/religion-is-cause-of-most-warfare-what.html
For a much calmer, more cooperative post on faith and positive interactions [personal caveat: in the current post I'm defending children, not God ... you'll see], see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/07/faithful-people-listen-and-help.html
For the kind of organizations most of these studies really seemed to be aimed at, try: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/07/no-to-fear-based-authority-driven.html
For where we really should be aiming our efforts and energies instead of silly studies like this, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2014/07/injustice-poverty-crushes-in-these.html