(39) Fri 2 Sep 94 10:12 By: David Rice To: Don Geser Re: Adolescents St: @EID:9e89 1d22

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(39) Fri 2 Sep 94 10:12 By: David Rice To: Don Geser Re: Adolescents St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:9e89 1d225180 @PID: ProBoard 2.01 rJ @TID: FastEcho 1.41/g 10280 DG> "Teenage girls who score highly on intelligence tests are DG> less likely than others their age to be sexually active," DG> reports the Wall Street Journal. Teenage students who score highest on intelligence tests are less likely than others their age to be religiously active, reports: Hadden, Jeffrey K. "Religion in Radical Transition." New York: Transaction, Inc., 1971. Hardon, John A. "Christianity in the Twentieth Century." Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1971. Jeeves, Malcolm A. "Psychology and Christianity; the View Both Ways." Downer's Grove, Il: InterVarsity Press, 1976. Mead, Margaret. "Culture and Commitment." New York: Doubleday Anchor Press, 1979. Ross, Murray. "Religious Beliefs of Youth." New York: Association Press, 1950. Ann Roe, 1953, Interviewed 64 "eminent scientists, nearly all members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences or the American Philosophical Society. She reported that, while nearly all of them had religious parents and had attended Sunday school, 'now only three of these men are seriously active in church. A few others attend upon occasion, or even give some financial support to a church which they do not attend... All the otheres have long since dismissed religion as any guide to them, and the church plays no part in their lives... A few are 'militantly atheistic,' but most are just not interested.'" Terman, 1959, Studied group with IQ > 140. Of men, 10% held strong religious belief, of women 18%. 62% of men and 57% if women claimed "little religious inclination" while 28% men and 23% of women claimed it was "not at all important." Southern and Plant, 1968, 42 male and 30 female members of Mensa. Mensa members were much less religious in belief than the typical American college alumnis or adult. Francis Bello, 1954, Questionaired or interviewed 107 young (<= 40) nonindustrial scientists judged by senior colleagues to be outstanding. 87 responded. 45% claimed to be "agnostic or atheistic" and an additional 22% claimed no religious affiliation. For 20 most eminent, "the proportion who are now a-religious is considerably higher than in the entire survey group." Norman Poythress, 1975, Mean SATs for strongly antireligious (1148), moderately anti- religious (1119), slightly antireligious (1108), and religious (1022). Wiebe and Fleck, 1980, Studied 158 male and female Canadian university students. The reported "nonreligious students tended to be strongly intelligent and more intelligent than religious students." There are many more studies: ask if you want to see their references.


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