• There may be a correlation, showing higher intelligence often yields a less likely chance in the belief in god, but there is no hard evidence to prove it. Any evidence out there right now is suspect. I'm personally surprised that there hasn't been a more in depth study on the subject. Here is what Wikipedia had to say. In an undergraduate student project at UC Davis, Regan Clark points out that there is little research directly linking IQ with higher or lower levels of religiosity and spirituality. Clark's article in Explorations: An undergraduate research journal (2004) found, while noting that the unrepresentative sample limited generalizations, no significant correlation between religiosity levels and IQ scores. However, a negative correlation with self-reported Quantitative SAT (QSAT) scores and prayer fulfillment (as measured by the STS sub-scale) was found. The author suggests that the SAT scores reflect learned rather than inherent reasoning ability and that "the negative associations among QSAT, religiosity, and prayer fulfillment may be due to learned skills in reasoning, perhaps influenced in the home by the father’s education level." Beliefs among scientists According to one article in Scientific American, an American science-popularization magazine, 90% of the general population surveyed professed a distinct belief in a personal god and afterlife, while only 40% of the scientists with a BS surveyed did so, and only 10% of those considered "eminent." An ongoing Templeton Foundation study that began in 2005 on Religion among Academic Scientists, whose principal researcher is Elaine Howard Ecklund, a sociologist and postdoctoral fellow at Rice University, has examined scientists' religious beliefs (counting social scientists as scientists). The study so far has concluded that 38% of the natural scientists, 24% of the doctors, and 31% of the social scientists surveyed said they do not believe in God. The study sample is comprised of 1,646 faculty at elite research universities. A 1998 survey by Larson and Witham of the 517 members of the United States National Academy of Sciences showed that 72.2% of the members expressed "personal disbelief" in a personal God while 20.8% expressed "doubt or agnosticism" and only 7.0% expressed "personal belief". This was a follow-up to their own earlier 1996 study which itself was a follow-up to a 1916 study by James Leuba. These studies have been criticized by a number of different groups, not necessarily religious[citation needed]. This is because the study was by mail and received a return rate of 50%.
  • Possibly, Religion and dogma are certainly used among the poor and uneducated to keep them in line, but then lack of education has nothing to do with a persons IQ. As with all questions on religion it is a dichotomy. If belief makes one dumb and of low IQ I suppose I must come in the retarded category
  • Einstein believed in God. In fact, it was one of the reasons he had such a hard time with quantum theory. He believed that the universe was of such an orderly nature, that there must be intelligence behind it. As for myself, the IQ tests I have taken (5), with the exception of 1, yielded that I was just below, or right at the level of genious. I believe, profoundly, in God. It has nothing to do with my IQ, either. It has to do with the fact that I have experienced God in my personal life.
  • Paul said: “God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put the wise men to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world, that he might put the strong things to shame; and God chose the ignoble things of the world and the things looked down upon, the things that are not, that he might bring to nothing the things that are, in order that no flesh might boast in the sight of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:27-29. Paul also wrote: “For the speech about the torture stake is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is God’s power. For it is written: ‘I will make the wisdom of the wise men perish, and the intelligence of the intellectual men I will shove aside.’ Where is the wise man? Where the scribe? Where the debater of this system of things? Did not God make the wisdom of the world foolish? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not get to know God, God saw good through the foolishness of what is preached to save those believing.”—1 Corinthians 1:18-21. That is why the Bible speaks of two kinds of wisdom—“the wisdom of God” and “the wisdom of the world.”—1 Corinthians 1:20, 21. Whatever ones IQ may be, God is seeking humble ones who “Love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.”—MATTHEW 22:37.
  • I have taken two IQ tests, both with results around 150. I think one was 149 the other 155, but to the point....Those are both very high scores. I llove and believe in GOD with all my heart, and I think it takes an intelligent person to believe in a higher power and be able to give you a logical reason for believing it. However,...I also think that the higher your IQ the less likely you are to believe. People with higher IQ's question things more, and can find the validity of god easier, or the lack there of. I think its the people with low IQ's that are more influenced. They will usually follow what their family or friends have told them no matter what. So yes I think that IQ influences your faith in god, but sadly also your disbelief.
  • Not exactly. I think a person with a high(IQ) is more likely to question their faith to death, than than someone who's IQ is lower. I'm inclined to think that this is because IQ involves fact and figures and a mode of thinking that questions and wants definite answers. People with lower IQ's are not neccessarily less intelligent however, it just means that their intelligence leans towards a different way of thinking, like EQ (emotional quotient). IQ tests are designed to find out what you know with certain subjects and how well you solve problems regarding those subjects. People who score high in these tests tend to look down on those who score low, but the basis for this attitude is fallacious, contingent on the name=IQ 'intelligence quotient'. The assumption is obvious, but fallacious because the tests do not measure many other sorts of aptitudes that are just as important in life. Not every high IQ includes a questioning mode of thinking and not every low IQ lacks it. The ones who have it are the ones who are going to come up with the hard questions, the sneaky questions, the convoluted questions, and the dumb questions that none-the-less require intense study to answer correctly. It is those people who are likely to question their faith to death because they can't find answers that suit them quickly enough. The thing about faith, though, is that it is believing in what you don't see directly, and hoping in a promise. [The Bible puts it better.] If one forgets to have faith while they are questioning, then they will be discouraged (or triumphant) without ever discovering the answers that would have been given them if they had only had a little faith. How do I know? Well, I'm one of those questioners. Fortunately for me, I grew up with praying parents and witnessed enough answers to prayer to have faith that there is a loving God in heaven. I have 'crises of faith' at an alarming rate, but I never doubt that God is up there and He does love us, so I'm willing to wait on those answers. Sometimes they don't come for years, and some I may not supposed to find ever, but when they do come, they are often more spectactular answers than I could have ever hoped for. If I had quit waiting for an answer, I would have never gotten them, and then I would have missed out....
  • Intelligence can be combined with experience to produce an infinite range of beliefs. Based upon the experience, an individual may be drawn farther from or closer to a God concept. It depends upon how they believe "God and religion" have served them in their formative years, a good experience results in a favorable disposition toward God. Intelligence is just a tool that is applied to the "field of facts" that one is willing to consider when searching for God and faith. Some men are artisans, others less so, therefore the end product will vary. Some men produce works of profound insight while others merely copy work previously done by others. Equally intelligent people from different backgrounds, approach the subject from different perspectives and can produce dramatically different results.
  • No. Faith is a gift.
  • Either way, it's important to remember that whether IQ actually tests "intelligence" is a matter that must be taken into account when dealing with any question of the like you just posed. Do IQ tests just show how good a person is at doing IQ tests? Is it possible that cultural and social difference can account for more variation in IQ scores than actual mental ability? It is important to remain skeptical on matters such as "intelligence", the exact and universal definition of which is still disputed with some heat in certain spheres.
  • Assuming that we are making I.Q. to be the level of deduction, a person with a larger I.Q. may perceive his/her own beliefs. Some may argue that he/she may use their superior levels of deduction to see that God(s) are illogical, or they could use it to figure out a reason for their to be a god, such as existence. We also have to regard the enviroment that they grew up in. Obvious someone with a high I.Q. that grew up in a deeply religous household, they would seem to be more inclined to have faith. However that is not always the case.
  • Yes - children accept what they are told without question. People with little education rarely question and are more likely to have the attitude of 'if x said so it must be true because he is smarter than me'. When a person does question and works their way through their doubts they will usually end up with a much stronger faith than those who believe just because they are 'told to'.
  • maybe!
  • I don't think it does - Maybe in certain situations
  • i dont think so..i think having faith in God is believing, having blind faith and taking to heart what ur heart says..Example:you may not know much about the Bible because you may not know how to read, but you know what you feel, who you are, and whats in ur heart. And, i think that is what influences our faith in God ;]
  • I don't think it has any influence. If God is what you believe in and love and praise and pray and worship, no matter how low or high your IQ will be, your affection to God will remain the same. A couple of digits don't matter at all.
  • IQ and "intelligence" I don't think has a measured influence. Eduation does. Studies in the US, Australia, Britain and Europe do show that the more highly educated a person is, the less likely they are to have a faith in a god (or gods, depending on relevant culture).
  • no any answers?
  • Anyone with a strong analitical mind would not adhere fully to such beliefs.
  • no, if it did, then Einstein was fool, and contrary to what some have said here, a fully analytical mind would only believe in God since there are no answers scientifically. Einstein said that the deeper he understood the universe the more he knew there was a God. THe reality is that both smart people and idiots alike on both sides believe or do not believe. I think if anything, it is arrogant to feel only you are enlightened and smart because of your beliefs or non-beliefs, and everyone else on the other side are fools.
  • "Does our IQ influence our faith in God?" I have not seen anyone here giving here a concept of God that is accepted by everyone. What about this concept of God which I for being a rational theist liberal Christian maintain to be common or should be common as the core concept of God among Christians. “Maker of everything.” Is that a or should be a common core concept of God among Christians? In relation to man and the whole totality of existence, yes, because in Gen. 1:1 it is written: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth." And in the Apostles' Creed Christians declare that: "I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth." About IQ, I have not seen anyone here giving any concept of intelligence that is accepted by everyone in this discussion. Here is my own concept of intelligence as used in the term intelligence quotient (IQ): “The capacity and habit of seeing patterns in things which enables a person to solve problems in things whether inside his mind and/or most regularly outside his mind. I am sorry for myself and everyone should be sorry also for himself that people keep discussing things without ever first coming to any commonly accepted concepts of the things they are discussing about. In regard to the question, "Does our IQ influence our faith in God?" I come to this website this morning, local time eight hours in advance of Greenwich, to seek any writings in the web about a competition for the highest IQ and whether the people with the Highest IQ are with God or against God. Right away, from simple thinking, I would say even without conducting any poll, that the people with the highest IQ are with God. Why? Because there are more people on earth who are with God than against God. And since there are more people with God, then arithmetically it follows that in regard to which people are the ones with the highest IQ, they are certainly arithmetically to be found among the bigger number of people in one category than among the smaller number of people in another category. And I assume that there are more people on earth with God than against God. Yrreg

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