The more religious you are, the less likely you are to be intelligent, a new scientific study has found.As a devoted atheist my first instinct upon reading news of this survey was to think “too right!”
According to researchers, Christians - particularly fundamentalists who believe the Bible is God's word - have a lower IQ than those who are less religious.
A possible reason behind the finding was a tendency for more intelligent people to challenge religious claims, said one of the researchers, New Zealand psychologist Professor Tim Bates.
"If you believe in religion, you haven't really questioned things," he said. "Brighter people were less likely to feel that religion plays a dominant role in their life."
But I also know plenty of perfectly intelligent people who are firm in their religious beliefs, so I’m reluctant to assume all highly religious people are stupid.
And I often have to remind myself that, even I don’t choose to have an imaginary friend, that shouldn’t stop others.
I suppose there might be a link between religious fundamentalism and extreme stupidity, given that many of the positions taken by fundamentalists require them to close their eyes to the laws of science and the world around them.
Alternatively, scientists and doctors really do spend most of their time creating fake fossils and dinosaur bones in their secret facilities, and creating bogus scientific evidence that homosexuality isn’t just a personal choice made by the wicked. If so they really have me fooled. In which case, maybe I’m the stupid one. It could be that by championing science over superstition I am in fact doing the Devil’s work.
Luckily for the godly elect, my sins will eventually be purged by fire.
For those of you who choose to follow a deity but don’t happen to buy the whole “Adam and Eve were real” thing, I don’t think you’re dumb. Just mistaken.
But who am I to talk about what is real and what is fanciful? I continue to believe that Labour can win the November election...