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Ohio State Teaches Atheists are Smarter Than Christians

Pop quiz: Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?

a) Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.

b) Aine earns less money than Theo.

c) Theo is more liberal than Aine.

d) Theo is an atheist, while Aine is a Christian.

If you’re a student at Ohio State University, the correct answer is a – “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.” Effectively, Ohio State teaches that atheists are smarter than Christians. Ohio State

Campus Reform reported on this question posed to students through an online homework quiz from the college’s Psychology 1100 class. The article goes on to quote a student who said they were uncomfortable and disappointed by the obvious bias of the question.

“I understand that colleges have a liberal spin on things so it didn’t surprise me to see the question, which is a sad thing,” the student told Campus Reform in a phone interview. “But how can you really measure which religion has a higher IQ?”

OSU declined to comment for the story.

This latest outrage is just one small example among so many that can be found at colleges across the country today in which Christians are mocked, scorned, belittled and slandered.

It’s worth mentioning that last year at Ohio State, President Gordon Gee left his position abruptly after controversy mounted over a joke he made, referring to rival university Notre Dame as, “those damn Catholics.”

In 2012, The College Fix looked at hundreds of religious studies classes at universities across the nation and found that, for the most part, professors prefer to snub the subject of who Jesus was and what he preached. Classes that are focused on Christianity, meanwhile, tip-toe around or altogether avoid the topic of Christ’s teachings.

As for Ohio State’s quiz content, in case you are wondering, the current president’s contact info is: [email protected]

Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix ( @JenniferKabbany )

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  • Darius

    The correct answer to the question is actually C.

    • Jonathan Wong

      If I were to take that class and have such a question, I’d also circle C then write “obviously”. I’d like to see the prof’s reaction.

      • Darius

        It would go over remarkably well and you would probably walk out with your very own “C.”

  • IndianaBruce

    Ohio State is very liberal, evidently. The next thing you know, they’ll be inviting someone from MSNBC.. like Chris Matthews.. to speak at graduation.

  • Its Ohio. Whaddya expect?

    Go Blue.

  • Mark Moore

    Studies show that the religious do have lower intelligence on average than the non religious. Also the more fundamental a person is the lower the average intelligence. Fundamental Christianity is also a risk factor for illegal drug use, teen out of wedlock pregnancy, STDs, crime, poverty, elevated drop out rates and a host of other social ills.

    • MC25

      Could you please provide a link for any of those claims? Thanks

    • kwijino

      Actually, studies have shown that science is increasingly driven by thinking up an end result, then working backwards to try to substantiate the claim. This is, of course, the obverse of science. Or if you rather, science is increasingly made up.

      There are plenty of “climate change” studies that work on this format, and there was that whole scandal with leaked e-mails showing that evidence to the contrary was intentionally suppressed because it took away from the cause.

    • Zack Y.

      The religious are a huge and much more heterogeneous group than atheists. You are quite literally comparing most of humanity- as an undifferentiated body- to a much more tractable and quantifiable subset.

      My guess is that the sheer statistical effects of such disparate sample sizes imply the following:
      1) Atheists’ intelligence has a narrow variance- the dumbest atheists and the smartest are much closer in IQ than the idiots & geniuses of religion.
      2) Atheists’ mean IQ will be artificially high due to selection biases- only atheists in the 1st world are likely to come forward to get counted, the cultural bias against religious belief in much of the elites of the modern West, and a smaller sample size magnifying the effect of a few high IQ-people on the overall mean.
      3) The smartest people on Earth will largely be theists- this is simply a consequence of the Central Limit Theorem and the fact that theist philosophy isn’t incompatible with being prosperous or educated.
      4) Atheism tends to anti-correlate with poverty, so much of this rhetoric is basically a way to mock & denigrate the poor without having the guts to do it directly.

      A more basic issue is this- atheism defines itself in NEGATIVE terms (“what it isn’t”, instead of “what it is”). To have fundamentalists, you must 1st have enough of an common ideology to provide fundamentals.

    • embeddeddude

      Funny! The exact opposite is true. The religious have more stable marriages, live longer, accumulate wealth at equal or higher rates and have lower risks for all the ills you describe. Furthermore they have higher levels of creativity and imagination as children and longer as teens according to one recent study.

  • Roger

    Here is the answer if college professors (atheists) are smarter:

    Of 10 highest IQ’s on earth, at least 8 are Theists, at least 6 are Christians:

    • Eddie

      “Here is the answer if college professors (atheists) are smarter”

      College professors and atheists are not synonymous.

      Anyway, getting to your real point, you’re comparing apples and oranges.

      I’m not the type of person to base someone’s intelligence off of their religious beliefs. There are many intelligent theists and at the same time, many unintelligent theists. A similar statement is true for atheists.

      However, when it comes to mean IQ scores between different groups, there is a statistically significant difference (see: http://psr.sagepub.com/content/17/4/325)

      Yes, of the 10 people on the list you posted (which, by the way, the author mentions he adjusted and determined based on certain factors – while not necessarily done purposely to skew results, that in and of itself should raise some red flags because he does not mention HOW he did this), a majority are theists in some form (most of which being Christian). However, the mean IQ of a random sample of people is different than the actual IQ of the most outlandish of outliers.

      To further drive this point home: all ten people on this list of the 10 highest IQ’s on Earth are men. However, when looking at the mean IQ scores of randomly selected men and women, one will find that in more recent studies, women have a statistically higher IQ on average than men.

      Again, it just goes to show that focusing on outliers vs. focusing on mean scores of an “average” person is comparing apples and oranges.

      • blevins

        The question was designed to get a poll in a university that the atheist could use in an attempt to demeanor Christians. As far as a “means score average”, you would have to sample at least 2 billion of the 7 billion people on Earth to come with an accurate average (General Electric taught me that). That sample would have to include those who never went to school, the mentally challenged, etc. Random sampling depends on who you sample and demonstrates nothing but an inability to determine the truth. This is being proven every day with the political polls and watching the leading candidate lose.

        IQ scores are based on “what did you learn in school”, not on how intelligent you are. The military will teach you real fast that education is not the answer to intelligence with their IQ testing to determine what training you should go through. The college professor says that If you believe in the six days of creation, you are stupid. The next time you speak to one ask “where did the cavemen get the models for their drawings of dinosaurs if the dinosaur went extent 75 million years before man existed?”. http://www.angelfire.com/mi/dinosaurs/dinocarving.html

        Those with the low IQ are those who believe that their physical death is the end.

    • SmarterthanU

      You cannot draw a statistical inference from a sample size of 10

      • blevins

        see my remarks to Eddie below…

  • Rex Germany

    If this is a question about inference, then the teacher fails, since there can be no valid inference from the information given.

  • bowie1

    Where did this researcher get his degree – from the school of total idiots? Or perhaps he is just a high and mighty that needs to get out of his ivory tower and smell the real world. So, he better watch out – his ego could explode clear to the next county!

  • Zack Y.

    The problem with a question like this is that the posed inference is a classical non-sequitur. Every offered answer is an opinion; not a one is justified by the given data alone.

    Notice also how we’re also supposed to view IQ as a strong indicator of general intelligence for INDIVIDUALS, but if you start making assertions based off the IQ statistics of HUMAN GROUPS (like, say, races) these same partisan hacks will screech that you’re a stupid racist/homophobe/{insert latest synonym for “evil”.}. You’d almost think they were self-serving hypocrites…

  • Willoughbilly

    If you are willing to sign your life away to an imaginary friend who stars in a fairy tale that there is no concrete proof to prove that fairy tale and it`s associated boogy man antagonist are true then you are clearly at the mid to bottom end of the intelligence scale.