Research results that 'the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God'



A meta-analysis study has shown that 'the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God .'

Are atheists smarter than believers? Not exactly.- The Washington Post

The Relation Between Intelligence and Religiosity: A Meta-Analysis and Some Proposed Explanations-Miron Zuckerman, Jordan Silberman, Judith A. Hall, 2013

The Negative Intelligence–Religiosity Relation: New and Confirming Evidence-Miron Zuckerman, Chen Li, Shengxin Lin, Judith A. Hall,

Meta-analysis of 83 studies produces 'very strong' evidence for a negative relationship between intelligence and religiosity

Prof. Milon Zuckerman 's research team at the University of Rochester's Department of Psychology goes back to the 1920s to investigate research on 'correlation between faith and intellect', and integrates more than 110,000 people through meta-analysis・ Analyzed. The result obtained is 'There is a 'weak negative correlation' between faith and intellect.' A weak negative correlation indicates that 'the smarter you are, the less likely you are to believe in God.'



Prof. Zuckerman conducted a similar study in 2013. The 2013 study was taken up by the Washington Post, a large American letter, and as a result, in addition to surprises, curiosity, and doubts about the research results, several researchers conducted their own researches on faith and intelligence. It seems that there was a big response. In response to such a response, this research that Professor Zuckerman conducted a re-investigation said that almost the same results as in 2013 were obtained.

Regarding the series of results, Professor Zuckerman said, “The results of meta-analysis point to the tendency that“ the more intelligent people do not need religion. ”“ If you believe in God, you must be stupid. ” 'Is a misinterpretation,' he said. 'There is a tendency that intelligent people are not religious, but it is impossible to predict faith from intelligence.'

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In addition, since this research is limited to Christianity in the United States, it is unclear whether similar results can be obtained in Oriental religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism.

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