They are also more likely to have analytical thinking styles, which other studies have shown undermine religious belief.
The news is not bad for believers, Zuckerman insists.“The functions we cover imply that in many ways religious people are better off than those who are nonreligious,” he said.
Rather, he said, it shows only that more intelligent people may have less need for religion.“It is truly the wrong message to take from here that if I believe in God I must be stupid,” he said.
“I would not want to bet any money on that because I would have a very good chance of losing a lot of money.”Rather, Zuckerman and co-authors Jordan Silberman and Judith Hall write that more intelligent people may find certain basic needs—“functions” in psychology-speak—fulfilled outside of religion.
“There are things about self-esteem and feeling in control and attachment that religion provides.In all those things, there are benefits to being religious, and that is the take-home message for those who are religious.”R.