The Link between IQ and Religious Beliefs: According to Studies

Studies indicate that individuals with higher IQ scores are more likely to be atheists

Over the years, there has been a long-standing debate about the relationship between intelligence and religious beliefs. Some researchers have suggested that individuals with higher IQ scores are more likely to be atheists or have lower levels of religious belief. Several studies have been conducted to explore this relationship, and the results have been mixed.

One study that supports the idea that individuals with higher IQ scores are more likely to be atheists was published in the journal “Intelligence” in 2013. The study involved analyzing data from a nationally representative sample of individuals in the United Kingdom. The results showed that individuals with higher IQ scores were more likely to be atheists or agnostics. The study also found that individuals with higher IQ scores tended to hold more liberal political views and were more likely to support same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana.

Similarly, a study published in the “Personality and Social Psychology Review” in 2010 found that individuals with higher IQ scores were less likely to believe in God or hold traditional religious beliefs. The study analyzed data from 63 studies conducted between 1927 and 2002, involving a total of 84,000 participants. The study found that the correlation between intelligence and religiosity was strongest among university-educated individuals.

Some other studies suggest that the number of atheists worldwide is increasing. For example, a study by the Pew Research Center in 2015 found that the number of people who identify as religiously unaffiliated (including atheists, agnostics, and those who identify as “nothing in particular”) is increasing in many countries, including the United States and Europe.

Ram Kumar KV

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