A very recent article and study was just published by the University of Rochester led by Professor Miron Zuckerman and his “decade long” studies have revealed that Atheists are generally, more intelligent than religious people.The review, which is the first systematic meta-analysis of the 63 studies conducted in between 1928 and 2012, showed that of the 63 studies, 53 showed a negative correlation between intelligence and religiosity, while 10 showed a positive one. You can read more about this study here.
Now let me address to you a few qualms i have about not only this study, but many studies that involve topics like Atheism and Religion. First of all such studies are a major case that tends to feed into the already tense climate between the religious and non religious alike. I have heard the term before, people have refused to take me seriously in any matter because of my faith and that by default their lack of belief gives them instant credibility. This isn’t only in the case of “God discussions” but any topic in general, if people feel you are stupid enough to believe in a supposed “magical sky daddy” then don’t expect them to engage in conversation with you due to your “clear” inferior levels of intelligence. Ah, the bitter sweet taste of self righteousness! It affects us all, whether religious or not.
This self righteous attitude has been found within the most influential of all Atheists, for example Professor Richard Dawkins, author of the best seller “The God Delusion”. When Christian debater and theologian William James Craig initially proposed a theological debate with Mr. Dawkins it was rejected, multiple times, initially because William James Craig was just not in Dawkins “league”. Very recently (August 2013) Richard Dawkins has also decided to have a go at Muslims on his twitter account by claiming “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge“, somehow indicating a link between Muslims and stupidity, his tweet was deleted. Essentially it is a nonsensical approach to facts, once statistics like these come on board we find that people get a superiority complex. I don’t believe in God, hence i am more intelligent than you or I believe in God hence i am a better person than you.
This irrationality though swings both ways, believe me as a Muslim some days i feel encouraged by the Quran’s statement of likening me and my ilk to be the “Best Of Creation“. (Quran 3:110). Yet moment’s i want to put myself on some pedestal and irrationally claim myself to be superior to others i come to realize that indeed 7 billion people are not alike, there are smart believers and smart disbelievers, there are kind believers and kind disbelievers and studies like this that puts one group intellectually or morally “higher” than another is debilitating to society because it not only affirms an “us vs them” mentality it actually plays along with it.
Besides if Atheists think this study takes the cake and confirms what they’ve been assuming and suggesting all along, that indeed the religious are mentally deficient, then let us look at other studies attributed to Religion/Atheism and see what conclusions we can draw from them as well.
According to an August 2013 study by the “Just Giving” foundation, Muslims are the UK’s most Charitable people. In fact Muslims give over 3 times more charity than their Atheist counterparts. (So by this study can we conclude that Muslims are generous and Atheists are selfish and greedy?)
According to another August 2013 study conducted by the University of Illinois, it is said that Christians have a much happier outlook than Atheists, at least according to Twitter. Christians, they found, are more likely to use words like “love,” “happy” and “great”; “family,” “friend” and “team.” Atheists win when it comes to using words like “bad,” “wrong,” and “awful” or “think,” “reason” and “question,” said Ryan Ritter, one of the students behind the study. (So by this study can we conclude that Christians are happy go lucky, whilst Atheists are grumpy grinches?)
According to an August 2012 study conducted by the University of Missouri, it was said that religion is in fact beneficial in many cases to someones overall health. Those who follow a faith, regardless of which one, have enhanced well-being, which scientists attribute to their spirituality. (So by this study can we conclude that the religious are healthy, whilst atheists are unhealthy?)
According to an August 2011 survey conducted by the Gallup Poll it was found that Atheists were twice as likely as Muslims to justify the killing of innocent civilians during warfare. (So by this study can we conclude that Muslims are peaceful whilst Atheists are war criminals?)
According to a three year long May 2011 study by Oxford University professor Roger Trigg, it has been found that religion is absolutely natural. Trigg says “There is quite a drive to think that religion is private,” he said, arguing that such a belief is wrong. “It isn’t just a quirky interest of a few, it’s basic human nature.” (So by this study can we conclude the religious follow natural law and Atheists have an unnatural, alien type view of the universe?)
According to a September 2008 study by University of Oxford shows that religion can make one more pain resistant and stronger. It reveals for the first time that religion-associated pain resistance is linked to the activation of the brain right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC). (So by this study can we conclude that the religious are stronger and atheists are weak?)
So in essence ladies and gentleman i am trying to tell you that i take these studies with a grain of salt, they are far from being direct general truths because if we are to go by all of the information we must conclude that Atheists are more educated people, whilst the religious are simply better people. Well we need both “educated” and “good” people in our world hence such studies do not suddenly give me victory points in highlighting how religion is beneficial, nor does it intimidate me when studies reveal that the non religious have a high intellect, all of these studies will simply lead to one thing, the disingenuous clouded thinking of self righteousness that only causes division and a rift in our societies.
Please, do not take these studies too seriously because essentially they mean nothing. I do not care if Atheists are smarter or the religious are kinder, none of this matters to me because i fail clump a group of people into one bundle and call them a faggot (yes, a faggot means a bunch of sticks together). So whilst we have atheists in one camp cheering at one study and calling us religious folks retarded, we also have religious folk that self righteously think they are morally better people, well these “studies” support both of your stupid theories, if you wait with baited breath for the next study to prove your preconceived notion i will keep on walking and living here in reality, these statistics and studies do not matter because it does not reflect my mental framework, it is in direct contradiction to how i think and who i am.