A couple years ago, I had seen that one of my friends had posted an article about how there was substantial research that indicated atheists, on average, had higher IQs than theists. I never took the time to read the article. This may have had something to do with the bias, and unfriendly attitude I observed from this agnostic friend of mine. I recognized a pattern of hostile views toward some of the traditional beliefs of evangelicalism in his facebook posts. Though, I have not taken the time to examine and assess just how legitimate or sound the research actually is. It is for this reason that I find it difficult to draw my conclusions on the results. However, I’m still hesitant to believe that non-religious people are more intelligent than others. I do, however, have my own suppositions about the nature of intelligence and how it should be measured, that underlie my disapproval with this premise. Today, I’ve come across a couple articles that addressed the same issue. Are religious people actually less intelligent than the non-religious? Relevant Magazine, a publication that I thoroughly enjoy for its sagacity, freshness, clarity, and its keen ability to communicate to milennials, published this: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/why-aren%E2%80%99t-more-intellectuals-believers
This is an article posted by an atheist blogger, from the Independent, who strongly disagrees with the atheist community about the claims of this research: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/atheists-are-more-intelligent-than-religious-people-thats-sciencism-at-its-worst-8759526.html
I think the writer of this article made some brilliant points. The Church is notorious for being unreasonably hostile and dismissive toward intellectually minded believers. This has to stop. We need to welcome believers or anyone who is doubting. We believe in a religion of truth. We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God. Our faith is not based on myth but on fact. Therefore, we should not be afraid of the questions skeptics raise or the challenges they make. That is, if we are really confident in the legitimacy and unchanging nature of God, and His Word. It’s not a sin to desire knowledge or to love learning. God has made us rational beings. He wants us to explore all that He has made, to desire understanding and long for wisdom. It’s time that we get serious about the questions the culture raises and be ready to provide an answer for the objections and questions people have. God has already provided the proof and information. We just need to study it and be able to communicate it effectively and lovingly to others.
This is an article posted by a Christian blogger. He adeptly addresses the problems with making the conclusion that nonreligious people are naturally more intelligent than those who are religious. http://christiancadre.blogspot.com/2007/03/lower-iqs-lead-to-faith-in-god.html
Think on, my friends!