Another study tells us something we already know
I feel this has already been confirmed so many times it personally bores me: yet another study found people with higher intelligence tend to not believe in God. Professor Lynn at Ulster University in the UK published a study that found the “intellectual elite” seriously devoid of religion when compared to their less educated counter-parts. The study also found since the last time the Royal Society was surveyed for religiosity, belief in God actually went down as well (it wasn’t very high to begin with, as you may have guessed).
Of course, there are those who refuse to acknowledge this obvious fact higher education erodes religious beliefs:
…Professor Gordon Lynch, director of the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck College, London, said it failed to take account of a complex range of social, economic and historical factors.
“Linking religious belief and intelligence in this way could reflect a dangerous trend, developing a simplistic characterisation of religion as primitive, which – while we are trying to deal with very complex issues of religious and cultural pluralism – is perhaps not the most helpful response,” he said.
Yes, it’s a dangerous trend to be honest, isn’t it?
So religion isn’t primitive, eh? I think your own beliefs betray their ancient origin, my friend. The belief a man was born of a virgin, someone ascended into heaven on a winged horse, or the sun revolved around the earth are all demonstrably false and dumb, and yet billions of people believe in that shit. This survey wasn’t trying to be “helpful” to the delusions of ignorant monkeys; it was trying to determine if religiosity was a matter of education. The conclusion is unmistakable, and for most atheists, completely unsurprising.
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