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Religion and Intelligence

"Religion and Intelligence" by Vexen Crabtree (2007)


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Religion

(Anonymous)
Hey,

I'm not sure if I agree with everything you say here, but I found your investigation into divorce rates interesting. I am a born again Christian, and one thing I have noticed over the past year is just how many Christian couples are getting married at a really young age! Too young in my opinion i.e. around the 20 mark. One couple has only been together half a year or so and are already engaged. Perhaps they are so caught up in the whole idea of Christian marriage and the joy it will bring, perhaps it has something to do with sex?
The other part I was reading was on intelligence and religion. Now just because more intelligent people are less likely to be religious doesn't make religion 'wrong'. It could mean that their own pride in their intellect restricts them from opening up to anything spiritual and new. Jesus did say we have to be like children i.e. stop being so proud and arrogant, if we are to really accept him. Also, religion is not God and the relationship many of us share with him. It is the organistation of many individuals who are not really Christians and it may place rules and regulations on you like the Catholic church, which I think is the one thing that has stopped most people coming to God.

Anyway good job with the website mate.

Mike

Thanks for the comments.

1. Divorce rates: I know a Christian priest who says the same thing; Christians feel more pressurized to get marry so they often do so too early, and too young. This contributes to the high divorce rate.

2. It is true that the fact that certain people believe/don't believe, in something, isn't evidence for or against it. But it's not true about closed minds; many scientists make names for themselves arguing against established facts because they have seen new evidence. Where there is evidence, scientists will fight to discover new things. The thing with God though, is that there is no evidence.

3. It can't be that "pride in their intellect" prevents them opening up to new things because many scientists come from theist families, so, becoming an atheist *is* new, and not restrictive.

4. It is true that the truth/reputation of individual religions is a different matter to the question of whether god exists or not.

5. The rules and regulations of specific churches are irrelevent - only the truth is important.

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