A recent paper from Miron Zuckerman, Jordan Silberman, and Judith Hall in Personality and Social Psychology Review has received a lot of attention in the atheist blogosphere. It is a meta-analysis of 63 studies conducted between 1928 and 2012 on religiosity and intelligence. The authors examine the methods, experimental designs, and conclusions of these studies, both qualitatively and statistically. The punchline? A significant negative correlation exists between religiosity and intelligence.
Now don’t get me wrong; I love the findings. But I’ve seen a lot of comments mis-representing what is in the paper and I want to clarify what it does and does not say.