[ExI] religion and intelligence

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 00:27:37 UTC 2018

My suspicion regarding Spike's statement was correct.  bill w
The Relation Between Intelligence and Religiosity
A Meta-Analysis and Some Proposed Explanations
Miron Zuckerman
, Jordan Silberman
, Judith A. Hall
*First Published *August 6, 2013 Research Article
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A meta-analysis of 63 studies showed a significant negative association
between intelligence and religiosity. The association was stronger for
college students and the general population than for participants younger
than college age; it was also stronger for religious beliefs than religious
behavior. For college students and the general population, means of
weighted and unweighted correlations between intelligence and the strength
of religious beliefs ranged from −.20 to −.25 (mean *r* = −.24). Three
possible interpretations were discussed. First, intelligent people are less
likely to conform and, thus, are more likely to resist religious dogma.
Second, intelligent people tend to adopt an analytic (as opposed to
intuitive) thinking style, which has been shown to undermine religious
beliefs. Third, several functions of religiosity, including compensatory
control, self-regulation, self-enhancement, and secure attachment, are also
conferred by intelligence. Intelligent people may therefore have less need
for religious beliefs and practices.
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