Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, study finds

Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a scientific review of a decades-long Michael Argyle wrote: “Although intelligent children grasp religious concepts earlier, they are also the first to doubt the

The paper, which was published in the academic journal Personality and Social Psychology Review, concluded: “Most extant explanations (of a negative relation) share one central theme—the premise that religious beliefs are irrational, not anchored in science, not testable and, therefore, unappealing to intelligent people who ‘know better’.”

The author pre-empted efforts by secularists to highlight the findings by suggesting that highly intelligent people may be more likely to associate themselves with ideas around personal control and therefore less prone to accepting religious ideas.

“Intelligent people typically spend more time in school—a form of self-regulation that may yield long-term benefits,” the study comes as renowned atheist Richard Dawkins comes in for criticism even from fellow campaigners after he tweeted: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge”.

Ian Dunt - Politics