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… Even though a recent study found a negative relationship between intelligence and belief.

Miron Zuckerman, the psychologist behind the recent University of Rochester research project says that "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.'"

In response, Leadership Journal regular Lillian Daniel said:

"It's not that intelligence leads to atheism, or education leads to loss of faith … But I think there is a certain peer pressure as one moves up the educational ladder to dismiss all religion as fundamentalism. It's one of the last acceptable biases in an environment that prides itself on being open-minded."

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Posted: August 26, 2013; All posts for week of August 26, 2013

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