Yes, Biblical fundamentalists are not bright

Tom Rees reports on an analysis of the GSS which point to the correlation between low verbal skills and a Biblical literalist outlook. Well, I've talked about this at length. Religion & IQ, Biblical literalism or low IQ: which came first?, Pentecostals are stupid? Unitarians are smart? and Educational levels & denomination. Poking around the GSS the powerful correlates of belief in the literal truth of the Bible (variable "BIBLE") jump out at you.


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Thanks for the GSS link. I also noticed similar correlations between low education and:
* belief that politicians know more about stem cell research than scientists do
* dislike/mistrust of atheists.
* belief that strict discipline will cure behavioral problems
* belief that unions are important for job security
* belief that astrology is scientific
* disbelief of evolution/natural selection

Argh!! GSS is a spare time vortex.

By Chris Irwin Davis (not verified) on 19 Jan 2010 #permalink

# Being married at any time (although getting a divorce helps repair the damage)
# Having children

Marriage seems to depend on compromises, which might be easier to make for people who think less clearly.

Not mentioned: inarticulate geeky techie types.

By John Emerson (not verified) on 20 Jan 2010 #permalink

@John - How does it follow that compromise is easier for those who think less clearly?

By Chris Irwin Davis (not verified) on 21 Jan 2010 #permalink