Swedish clergy challenges American study which posit that believers possess low IQ and weak analytical skills
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Not long ago it was an academic study, which concluded that black
people had lover IQ compared to their white counterparts. The argument
was that despite all efforts made, the black race was not performing
well in most aspects of socio- economic or political modern life as the
would have been expected or as the rest of the non black world was
doing. Today or last week a similar study in the US was out and it
attested that there was a reliable negative relation between
intelligence and religiosity.
In a nutshell, the American study
published recently, claimed that religious people have lower IQs than
non-believers. It continues that there should be a negative correlation
between analytical thinking, conceptual thinking and being an atheist.
Although the size of the relation varied according to sample type and
the nature of the religiosity measure, the study said that the more one
in intelligent, the less they rely on religion for solace given that
they can understand real life phenomenon and make reasonable decisions
on how to improve on their lives. There is not direct evidence that the
expectations from believing in a religious model are attained by
individuals. Rather fundamentalist attitudes show that believers lack
the ability to analyse and understand the value to their actions, draw
boundaries and to note that they are merely just "believing" and that
what they believe in might not be true. One can think of suicide
bombings and the believe in life after death - the later issues that is
not feasible or has not been proven to exist.
This raise some discussion about the issue in Sweden last week but
given this period of holidays and low news cover, the issue did not
gain proper traction. Today, Cristina Grenholm, professor and priest at
Uppsala university disagree with the U.S. study and counter that
believers do have analytical skills.
The Professor of theology, priest, church secretary and chief
theologian of the Swedish Church holds that "Religion implies, rather
an interaction between the mind, will and emotion. This means that the
analytical skills often have a very important role in the
interpretation of the faith traditions," she says to Swedish television.
She believes that the study can create negative connotation about
religion, as such do not think one should associate religion with
The study attributed factors such as that intelligent people are
less likely to conform and, thus, are more likely to resist religious
dogma. Secondly, intelligent people tend to adopt an analytic (as
opposed to intuitive) thinking style, which has been shown to undermine
religious beliefs and thirdly, several functions of religiosity,
including compensatory control, self-regulation, self-enhancement, and
secure attachment, are also conferred by intelligence. Intelligent
people may therefore have less need for religious beliefs and practices.
Contrary to what the study says, Cristina Grenholm believes that that
analytical skills are important in many religions, faiths, and that
faith is needed in the struggle for peace and justice.
"The community is dependent upon the people who have a belief and not
shaken by adversity, supported by hope and faith. Even believers must
relate to complex phenomenon as humans so it is important to not only
go on with feeling but also with analytical ability."
By scancomark.com Team