Today I ran across an article (here) which seems to think so. It discusses some research done recently tying a decline in religious observance over the last century to a rise in average intelligence.
The research was being conducted by Professor Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at Ulster University.
Apparently there was an additional survey done of Royal Society fellows which found that only 3.3% believed in God. Another poll done in the 90’s found only 7% of the American National Academy of Sciences believed in God.
Lynn said “Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ. Academics have higher IQ’s than the general population. Several Gallup poll studies of the general population have shown that those with higher IQs tend not to believe in God.
I’m not sure intelligence is the right word, but perhaps education. Is this because as man becomes more educated they feel more self-sufficient, more superior, and as such, less prone to a belief wherein they rely on someone other than themselves – God?
Perhaps it’s that education relies on reason, proof, and logic, not faith, hope and trust… the thought that if it can’t be roved, then it’s not true.
Perahps the great apostasy, or falling away from the church of Christ, necessitating a full restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith, was in part due to the natural effects of educational evolution over time.
But the goal, of course, is not to remain ignorant, but to remain humble. The ability to pursue intellectual increase while sustaining humility and testimony is one of the great challenges of life, because it is contrary to the tendency of the natural man.
In the article, Lynn said “… most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence – and their intelligence increased – many started to have doubts.”
No wonder the Lord so commonly counsels that we must be as little children, without malice, guile, or hypocrisy.
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