Are More Intelligent People Less Religious?

Are intelligent people less likely to be religious?  That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted by Miron Zuckerman, a psychologist at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Zuckerman says it doesn’t mean that only people with less intelligence believe in God.  Instead, more intelligent people tend to fulfill basic needs like self-esteem, a sense of community and a sense of purpose outside of religion.

Commenting on the study, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says Christians don’t draw support for their faith from scientific reports.

Lillian Daniel, a Congregationalist pastor and author of “When Spiritual but not Religious is not Enough“, says it is not intelligence that leads to atheism or education that leads to loss of faith.

Instead, Rev. Daniel points out that there is a certain peer pressure in educational circles that tends to dismiss all religion as fundamentalism for the sake of  “open mindedness.”

In other faith news, a spiritual revival is taking place on Indian reservations throughout the United States.

Evangelist Ron Hutchcraft reports that nearly 600 Native American youth began a relationship with Christ this summer, during special evangelistic outreach events.

Ron says, “These very broken Native American young people were the drug addicted, they were the drug dealers, they were the alcoholics, they are the abused. But they come with a story of hope about our Jesus.”

The 2013 Summer of Hope outreach began on July 1. Over 53 Native American young people from 30 tribes traveled to 10 different reservations to share the Good News with other Native American teens.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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