This link is a response to an article to an interesting study done by the Personality and Social Psychology Review. They analyzed 63 studies in literature published from 1928-2012. They concluded that there is a negative correlation between religious belief and intelligence measured as IQ.
Here are some quick highlights. Quoted from the blog
- Research found those with higher IQs more likely to dismiss religion
- Another drawback to being religious, or at least Christian is losing out on top jobs.
Researchers found that those with high IQs had greater self-control and were able to do more for themselves – so did not need the benefits that religion provides.
They also have better self esteem and built more supportive relationships, the study authors said.
Scientists behind studies included in the review most often suggested that “religious beliefs are irrational, not anchored in science, not testable and, therefore, unappealing to intelligent people who ‘know better.’
Now this specific article gave a reflection on the study as well as an interesting observation. The observation starts from a verse in the Bible. Which is
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:22-25)
Then it follows up with this.
Jesus dined with sinners and outcasts and saved his strongest criticism for the wealthy and powerful for a reason. I think that, on average, religious people are less intelligent because it is the poor, the weak, the brokenhearted, the oppressed, the powerless who realize that they cannot go it alone and are willing to turn to God.
I’m not sure I agree with both sides here. I tend to think this paints a to simplistic view on intelligence as well as the ability of the “powerful”. Faith, reason, and logic come from a different way and experience.
But what do you think?