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Anonymous asked: Do you think that believing in religion can somehow be dependent on someone's intelligence or level of rationality? Because I grew up with it but after a certain age my rationality kicked in and these stories sort of became like santa claus stories. And I think that the only way someone's rationality wouldn't count is if they are in unfortunate circumstances for most of their life and they need religion to give them support or hope for a better life/afterlife.
I certainly don’t think it is the only factor but I think it plays a large part in it. There is certainly many very intelligent believers out there but it is undeniable at this point that the vast majority of scientists are non-believers. There have also been studies that have shown on average Atheists tend to be more intelligent.
In general it is much easier for someone who is gullible or easily influenced to simply accept the teachings of religion. There are many people who are indoctrinated with religion from an early age and it does require a certain level of intelligence in order to be able to critically analyze these teachings and ever question them. With the way things are currently in the United States most people have to actually make an effort in order to be able to break free from religion, that means they have to be willing to challenge the societal norms.
It always seems conceited to say that Atheists in general are more intelligent than believers but in short, it is true, and studies have shown this. Of course this does not mean that since someone calls themselves an Atheist they are always going to be more intelligent but I think it opens up a whole new world of possibilities that a believer may restrict themselves on. Atheists are able to constantly question reality, where as religion people will often believe that they already know an answer that fits them. Atheist want to continue to explore and push the boundaries of our understanding, Atheist tend to have a much stronger appreciation of life and of science.