Intelligence is generally defined as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge. By this fundamental meaning, most anyone who can read and write can possess intelligence. I have been aware for some time that most professed Christians can read and write. That certainly includes Jehovah's Witnesses. Now if you view all types of professed Christians as lacking in intelligence (which allows you to ask whether the Witnesses are the least intelligent), that would tend to be subjective and opinionated on your part, don’t you agree?
Now suppose I were to say to you that the gravamen of most complaints against Jehovah’s Witnesses has little to do with their ability to learn. If you understand that word gravamen, does that mean you are intelligent? And if you do not understand the meaning, does that mean you are lacking intelligence? Of course not. Suppose you consult a dictionary to ascertain the meaning. Now you have the meaning. Are you more intelligent than you were five minutes ago?
We can see then that one would have to have some sort of standard by which to measure intelligence. And that standard, manifestly, would need to be accepted by most everyone. So we would need to know the criteria you have in mind. For instance, when you say intelligence, do you refer to that obtained with a high school education, university education, hands-on training education, Bible education, or education by experience?
In my experience, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not more likely to be less intelligent simply because they are Christians. Certainly, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not more likely to be less intelligent simply because they are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Hannah J Paul