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IQ Studies Show Christians Intellectually Inferior To Atheists

By Thomas Keyes
Feb. 10, 2005

In September, 1999, the prestigious magazine, Sciemtific American, published figures showing that while 90% of the general American public believes in a personal God and an afterlife, only 40% of scientists who are BS-degree-only holders so believe and only 10% of scientists regarded as eminent believe in a personal God or an afterlife.

In a 1998 survey of more than 500 members of the National Academy of Scientists, it was found that 72% were atheists, 21% were agnostics and 7% believed in God. A very similar breakdown was found in relation to belief in an afterlife.

Results of a survey published in Skeptic magazine the same year showed that about 40% of scientists in general believed in God. In particular, 40% of mathematicians, 30% of biologists and 20% of physicists were believers, according to the study. These figures tend to agree with the Scientific American figures for BS-holders, while the figures for the NAS correspond more closely with the Scientific American figures for eminent scientists, as would be expected.

This is a direct quotation from Free Inquiry magazine, 1986: "Is it more logical to be a Christian? Is religion the natural choice of a smart person familiar with more of the evidence? Not according to a broad consensus of studies on IQ and religiosity. These studies have consistently found that the lower the IQ score, the more likely a person is to be religious."

A 1972 Gallup poll found that 33% of college graduates believe in creationism, while 55% of high-school-only graduates and 66% of grade- school-only graduates believe in creationism, that is, the belief that God created Adam and Eve, the mythical parents of the human race.

A 1995 Gallup poll showed that 53% of college graduates and 63% of non-graduates considered religion very important in their lives, while 48% of Americans in the $50,000-and-up income range, 56% in the $20,000--$50,000 range and 66% in the less-than-$20,000 range considered religion very important.

These figures agree with my own observations. Most of the educated people I've met, and especially those of a scientific bent, tend to have open, inquiring minds, whereas ordinary people on the street, like bus drivers, supermarket checkers, telemarketers, bakers and carpenters most often declare themselves Christians, often stubbornly and peevishly.

I've seen in a few articles on Internet and elsewhere that people like these have derided atheistic scientists as "absent-minded professors" and worse. But consider some of the things that modern science has produced: computers, television, electricity, nuclear energy, airplanes, cell phones, spaceships, audio- video equipment, automobiles, X-rays, copiers, fax machines, printing presses, plastics, petroleum refineries, power stations and modern ships.

What can religion offer? Prayer books? Rosaries? Crucifixes? Icons? Habits? Scriptures?

All of the above figures definitely correlate education and intelligence with disbelief in religion, and ignorance and lack of intelligence with religion. This correlation is also self- evident from the fact that in the Middle Ages, when educational levels were low, religion was in its heyday, whereas nowadays, when education is greatly improved, religion is beginning to decline. All and all, I think it's safe to say that Christians are intellectually inferior to atheists.

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About the author Thomas Keyes: I have written two books: A SOJOURN IN ASIA (non-fiction) and A TALE OF UNG (fiction), neither published so far.

I have studied languages for years and traveled extensively on five continents.

Email: udikeyes@yahoo.com


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