Atheists are more Intelligent than Theists

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Science and Religion are considered as antonyms of each other, generally.

In your brain also, science and religion are ‘fighting‘ with each other. Not only in metaphorical sense, but in a real, physical altercation. These results are found by researchers from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) and Babson College (Massachusetts).

The researchers found that theists are more likely to be involved in religious practices and their faith often suppress their brain to think analytical thinking. The religious people, instead, engage the empathetic network.

“When there’s a question of faith, from the analytic point of view, it may seem absurd,”

said the research team’s leader Professor Tony Jack. He continued,

“But, from what we understand about the brain, the leap of faith to belief in the supernatural amounts to pushing aside the critical/analytical way of thinking to help us achieve greater social and emotional insight.”

The researchers conducted eight experiments, each one with 159 to 527 adults. They found a correlation that the more empathetic person was more likely religious. This also fits with a previous finding that women tend to be more religious or spiritual than men, which can now be explained by their stronger tendency towards empathy.

On the other hand, researchers found that theists are not as smart and intelligent as the atheists.

Intelligence is not as important a characteristic to the theists.




Religious or Stupid? Image taken from Some editions done by Madhur Sorout.






“Our studies confirmed that statistical relationship, but at the same time showed that people with faith are more prosocial and empathic,”

said Richard Boyatzis, a Case Western University Reserve Professor.

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So, now, a question arises, if one is a theist, one can’t be a scientist?

Let’s analyse!

For a minute, forget all sciences except Physics.

The reason is that actually Physics is the only thing in science. It is the most fundamental. All other sciences are actually specialized aspects of Physics.

It means that other sciences can’t be applied everywhere in the universe, but, Physics is the only one which can be applied to everywhere in the universe — In the world inside us and the world beyond us.

And, also, Physics is the science which strongly rejects the idea of God. The ideas like Big Bang, Black Holes etc. are a strong rejection of God.

The people who believe in God and spiritualism don’t think about to search the reason for existence of God, and, also strong belief in God, spiritualism and religion forget that everything going on in this universe has a meaning. Anything can’t happen without a meaning or reason.

Physics make us to think about the universe, to search for the mysteries of universe and finding reasons of the natural phenomena.

So, to think by heart, you should firstly ‘delete‘ God from your brain.

So, we have probably got the answer of the question. The answer is —

If one want to be a true scientist / Physicist, one must be an atheist.


Ratner, Paul (24 March, 2016). Religious people are less smart but atheists are psychopaths. Retrieved on November 24, 2018 from Big Think:



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5 Replies to “Atheists are more Intelligent than Theists”

  1. Very interesting article. It echoes some thoughts that I have had as well. I do think a person can be religious and still be a scientist, but it certainly makes it more difficult to avoid bias. Their religious beliefs puts a great deal of pressure on them to ignore results that might contradict their belief. A scientist must be unbiased and not allow his or her personal beliefs, religious or otherwise, to influence their findings, and this is difficult for a lot of people to do. Fortunately good science has a system of checks to help avoid this kind of thing. Science has to be reproducible, others have to be able to make similar findings to confirm the original research.

  2. Sprituality give access to make a direct dynamic relationship with God with the help of meditation and true knowledge of our self who am I if this question is answer then all the problems resolved and a scientific medical study show that meditation increase the thickness of brain although it is in microns so this is not right to say that spiritual person is less intelligent than an atheist brother Madhur, perhaps your perception change

  3. A physicist could only be religious if he/she viewed god as the force behind it all, which would be physics and nothing more..

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