Religion has always been a controversial topic; lack of religion has seemingly been even more controversial. People feel a need to believe, or not believe, based on different circumstances in their life, sometimes using whichever choice they’ve made as a crutch. (mit.edu) There has been a belief for ages that people more intelligent people have gone away from religion just because they “knew more” than everyone else. A new study has been released that may prove that the reason is much deeper than originally suspected. (news.yahoo.com) Many people who have chosen to embrace faith will instantly claim that this study is tainted in some way, that it’s not true, but this isn’t just some simple straw poll taken during election season. The study dates all the way back to 1921, and is continuing to this very day. Researchers have even studied religiosity as people aged, as suspicion was that people moved toward religion as they got older, this has been proven to be less than true as well with the current study. (inquisitr.com)
One thing that has come to light via the study that’s been conducted is that intelligent people aren’t less religious merely because they know more than others, but because they tend to need it less than people with a lower intellect. The belief is that people with more intelligence are more likely to be married and be successful, meaning that they don’t feel the need to have a religious dogma in order to feel as if they’ve accomplished something. (news.yahoo.com) The study has dated back to 1921 and includes about 1500 children with an IQ of 135 or higher, it is still going on today, with a bit of a shocking revelation that as the children aged they didn’t wind up going to a religion, they stayed out of it even between 75 and 91 years of age. This study is very interesting; it’s also bound to create a lot of controversy because it seems to insinuate that those who follow religion are less than intelligent. (independent.co.uk)
While I won’t say I’m an atheist, I will also admit that I’m not a completely religious person either. My biggest problem with either side is when people start trying to shove their personal choice down the throat of another person. Intelligence isn’t exclusive to either side; there are ignorant and arrogant people on both sides who will tell the other that they’re wrong. I believe in the study, as I do suspect that many people use their religious choice as a crutch to prop themselves up, whether it be to cover for their misdeeds or because it’s all that can make sense of a nonsensical world. You can choose science or religion, at the end of the day it’s up to each person to decide for themselves, regardless of your place on the intellectual scale.