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Published On: Sun, Aug 3rd, 2014

Ohio State Psychology Class: Atheists have a higher IQ than Christians

An Ohio State University psychology class is teaching that Christians have a lower IQ than atheists, revealed by Campus Reform with screenshots from the test question.

UPDATE: OSU responds, textbook company takes the blame – read more HERE

The Psychology 1100 quiz puts IQ in the crosshairs: “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125,” the quiz stated. “Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?”

Students were then asked to select an answer from the following four options:

  1. Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.
  2. Aine earns less money than Theo.
  3. Theo is more liberal than Aine.
  4. Theo is an atheist, while Aine is a Christian.

According to the school, the correct answer is option #1.

Ohio-State-Psych question atheist christian higher IQThe quiz question was purportedly part of an online homework set for Ohio State’s Psychology 1100 course. Psychology 1100, according to Campus Reform, is a general education requirement, which means many students from a variety of disciplines take the class each year.

The anonymous student who first told Campus Reform about the quiz said that the question was unsurprising, considering the anti-Christian bias prevalent in many public universities.

“I understand that colleges have a liberal spin on things so it didn’t surprise me to see the question, which is a sad thing,” the student told Campus Reform in a phone interview. “But how can you really measure which religion has a higher IQ?”

While the student said the quizzes were based on the textbook used in class, an OSU employee in the psychology department who wished to remain nameless said quizzes are oftentimes created by the teacher’s assistant.

The employee added that the psychology department is “very open to talking with students” if they are worried about grading or a question on an exam.

OSU explicitly prohibits discrimination on campus against any individual based on “age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, or veteran status,” according to the university’s policy.

“Colleges will tolerate pretty much any religion other than Christianity,” the OSU student said. “If colleges really want to give everyone a fair shot, they should stay away from making comments about any religion.”

The Washington Post notes that “Atheists do score slightly higher than Christians on IQ-derived vocabulary tests (the equivalent of about 2.9 IQ points in the 2006-2012 General Social Surveys) and on IQ-derived analogy tests (the equivalent of about 3.8 IQ points in the 1996 General Social Survey). But social psychologists ignore differences that are as large or larger perhaps because they do not fit their political narratives.”

Full coverage from Campus Reform HERE

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  1. Ohio State responds to atheist IQ question, blames text book publisher - The Global Dispatch says:

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  2. Andy says:

    OSU has responded to this a week ago. Why are you not reporting on their response? What’s your agenda?

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