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Originally posted by BlasteR
I think alot of people grow up around religion and feel pressured into it as I was.
Originally posted by acewilliams
now the man who has intelligents would say that god must not exsist because of these facts, but a man with faith and intelligents mite say god willed it, and i wish to take the point of the philosipher and say how long is a day for god
Originally posted by slackerwire
If god created everything, why do churches need money to pay the bills? One would think the almighty would provide for those who seek to spread his word.
Originally posted by Maxmars
Professor Lynn, who has provoked controversy in the past with research linking intelligence to race and sex, said university academics were less likely to believe in God than almost anyone else.
The grain of salt.
Sorry people, this sounds like wishful thinking.
True faith may be amongst the highest expression of intelligence, after love of course.
No apologies, you don't have to agree, it comes from my gut.
[edit on 12-6-2008 by Maxmars]
Originally posted by Peepers
I have thought about why people fall on faith as a means to justify existence. Intelligence cannot be pointed out as a significant factor since people in general, together in a group, whether a rock concert, political rally or religious ceremony all tune to mass hypnosis of the focus. That focus could be the lead singer, the political appointee or god.
I think its the thrill of a mass movement with people singing, clapping and glorifying.
But the conclusions - in a paper for the academic journal Intelligence - have been branded "simplistic" by critics.
Granted that he has shown some limited correlation, but this shows nothing close to causation. In fact, these statistics are more than adequately covered when you factor in self selection of the groups, motivation for unbelief and an alternative reason for the correlation.
Notice that Dr. Lynn doesn't examine the IQ of those in religious service. If he had, he may have found many of those highly intelligent religious people that he found absent in academia.
Specifically, are people atheists BECAUSE they have a high IQ or could there be some other factor involved?
In short, rather than seeing atheism as correlating directly with intelligence, it is more likely that it is INVERSELY proportional to wisdom.