"the higher one's intelligence or education level, the less one is likely to be religious[...]".
Paul Bell, MENSA Magazine 2002 regarding 43 studies examining a correlation between high IQ, good education, & little or no religious belief.
An excellent question. To take the Bible literally one must believe that Pi is exactly 3 (1 Kings 7:23), the Earth is flat (e.g. Isaiah 40:22 uses 'chug', a flat disc instead of 'dur' which is a ball, & Job 38:14 says "The earth takes shape like clay under a seal."), the Sun is younger than the Earth (Genesis), & that the earth is only about six thousand years old (as Ussher insisted).
The Judaeo-Islamo-Christian religion refuses to apply the same demand for proof of its mythology that it does demand for everything else. There isn't a single piece of primary historical evidence to support the existence of the Biblical character of the Christ for example, yet many zealots accept his existence & yet refuse to accept many demonstrable disciplines (e.g. geology, hydrology, physics, biology, mathematics etc.)
The King James Bible
1998 survey of the US National Academy of Sciences.
1980 Wiebe and Fleck study.
Norman Poythress' 1975 SATs study.
Scientific American 1999 article with Prof. Kyung.
MENSA magazine article published findings.
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