A century-long debate: are ‘intelligent’ people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there’s any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven’t all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them combined to see their results — and they found that most studies pointed to the same thing: that highly intelligent people tend to be less religious, and that highly religious people tend to be less intelligent. At least, that seems to hold true when it comes to the traditional definition of “analytic intelligence,” which focuses on puzzle solving, learning, and abstract thinking.

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