Obvious study makes obvious claim
Here is a study that found smart people typically are far less religious than their peers. Does anyone still doubt people who are more educated are simply less likely to believe in God? Perhaps there are still those who would deny this. I suppose it makes the religious feel as though it’s an attempt to call them stupid. I’m not quite sure. Either way, I consider the matter resolved.
The reason why educated people are more likely to be skeptical about God is simply to learn about the world, one has to develop critical thinking skills. It is impossible to be intelligent and to accept anything at face value. It is precisely this kind of skepticism that leads many to become an agnostic or atheist.
I want to stress the truth the existence or non-existence of God does not necessarily hinge on intelligence. Theists may in fact have it right. But I find it unlikely that they do, simply because there is no evidence to back up their claims. Ideas without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
Lastly, I believe it’s important to focus on the word ‘intelligent’. I don’t believe intellectual capacity is ultimately defined by a person’s genetics. Human beings are fairly ubiquitous. Train their minds and bodies long enough and with enough vigor, and anyone can excel. Intelligence is not unlike athleticism; there are some who are naturally more gifted, but it takes serious dedication to fully develop it. Not everyone has the time to train for a marathon, but I think it is a shame there are more gyms than libraries. If theists really want to prove atheists are not intellectually stronger, I suggest they encourage their flock to pursue higher education. They may find, however, ignorance is a far more ripe environment for the manipulation of minds. What does that tell you about a belief which only gets stronger the stupider you are?