Sociologist Bradley Wright reviewed results from the 2008 Pew US Religious Landscape Survey and noted that religious groups normally have significant levels of education compared to those who are non-religious. “The irony” he states “is that some of the religiously unaffiliated explain their rejection of religion in terms of superior learning, but several religious groups have much higher levels of education.”
Sociological research by Patricia Snell and Christian Smith on many dimensions of general American youth have noted that older research on baby boomers showed correlations where higher education undermined religiosity, however, studies on today’s youth have consistently shown that this has disappeared and now students in college are more likely religious than people who do not go to college.
My two cents
This is my 300th post. I hope I’m motivated to get at least 365, so that way I can have a different quote for each day of the year.
Onto the quote itself, sometimes the charge levelled that religious people are anti-intellectual. And sometimes there is research that counters such a charge.
Now, if only religious people could be more prominent on campuses across the world. Universities are often hotbeds of anti-religious thought, in particular anti-Christian thought. I like how Christians have established (and maintained) explicitly Christian universities and the like, but in one sense, it’s an act of retreat. The battleground exists outside of the church, and this is where significant battles can be won; the army would seem bigger now. I would really like it if the purportedly religiously neutral universities experience a growth in Christianity among the student body as well.
Wikimedia Foundation. (2012). Religiosity and education. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religiosity_and_education. Last accessed 2nd Dec 2012.