by, Steve Williams | The Examiner
Have you ever heard the claim “all smart people are atheists”, or maybe its inverse: “people who believe in God are dumb”? It’s quite a pervasive urban legend, and one which I’ve known is false for a long time, but I didn’t realize just how false until the other day. I recently decided to do a quick cataloging of the ten highest IQ’s on earth, and discovered that it’s nearly the exact opposite of the truth!
Before reading the list, however, I want to remind you of the caveat that IQ test results are not in any sense the measure of a person’s worth. They tend to favor folks who are good at hard “knowledge” things like mathematics and chess, and I think we all know very valuable people who are good at none of these. Moreover, I think the attribute of “wisdom” (valuing attributes like ethics and foresight) is a far better measure of whether or not a person will be happy. I’m not aware of any standardized test for measuring wisdom, however.
Another important point is that there are competing ideas on which tests most accurately measure intelligence. Not everyone takes the same IQ test, and there are enough claims, counterclaims, and disputes in this subject to drive a researcher bananas! All I could do was read everything I could find on it, and rank the candidates based both upon their scores and on who seemed to be the most unanimously agreed upon as worthy (ignoring many “fan clubs” along the way).
An additional challenge I had to grapple with is that minors’ scores are adjusted upwards to compensate for their age. The younger they are, the higher the relative adjustment. In surveying evidence for this article, I noticed a tendency for the adjusted scores to be less and less believable (too high!) the younger the subject is. This is obviously a very imperfect scoring system, so in the list below, I “weighted” the scores achieved as adults a bit higher than those achieved at younger ages, and those achieved at the very youngest ages as the most dubious.
That being said, with the noble goal of shattering a “stronghold” of low-information thinking, let the comparisons begin:
Evangelos Katsioulis – has apparently scored a 198 as an adult. Katsioulis is a Greek Doctor/Psychiatrist/Philosopher who has publicly referred to his belief in human souls several times. For example, he did a lecture in 2008 called “BODY AND SOUL“, and made clear that he wasn’t speaking metaphorically in it with lines like: “The soul is not the body. It is not the flesh. It is the spirit.” He is apparently a follower of a strand of Christianity influenced by Teilhard de Chardin.
Mislav Predavec – has apparently scored a 192 as an adult. [Update - I initially had the wrong quote linked here]. His Christianity can easily be confirmed by a beautiful response he wrote to a friend who had become a Christian in one of the groups he belongs to and which was posted online:
“David, I am so glad hearing good news about your convalescence, and more about your enlightenment, you are aware now that your suffer and pain, your giftedness and sense are a part of plan. Truly, all this can´t exist without being leading it intentionally. Atheistic explanation that everything is accidental progress is full of holes. Stay well my friend.
Kenneth Ferrell – has apparently scored a 190 as an adult. If I have located the right Kenneth Ferrell online, it’s abundantly clear from his own words that he’s a Christian. Since I’m not sure, I didn’t include him in my count of believers.
So you can see that the brightest of the bright have not foreclosed on the possibility of the existence of an Intelligent Designer. Juxtaposed with the fact that most Scientists are not atheists, I’d say that the Appeal to Authority on which atheist debators have long relied has dissolved.
This video illustrates the birth and expansion of the major religions of the world.
The History of Religion by Maps of War
Thank you to Blazing Cat Fur
By, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Several years ago while shoveling snow outside of the business I worked for, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and was greeted by a gentleman who asked, “Do you believe in the existence of God?” “Absolutely!” I replied. He then asked “And, you believe that he created everything?” Again, I replied “Yes, absolutely!” This gentleman went on to say, “So, of all of His creations, the universe, the stars, the oceans, the animals and so on… He, can reach out and have as much of His creations that He desires at anytime, except for one..” “And, this one thing that He cannot just have at His own choosing is the one thing He desires the most.. Do you know what this one thing is?” I thought for a moment and not being one myself for just guessing replied, “No I do not, what is the one thing God desires the most?” The gentleman then said, “Our Love!” “Of all of God’s creations, the one thing he desires the most is the one thing that He cannot just have at anytime because “we” must choose to give it to Him.”
As profound as this message was, it became even more amazing. I turned for just a brief moment and looked away from the gentleman as something drew my attention off in the distance. I then turned back towards the man with whom I had been talking… and, he was gone. I scanned the area with my eyes but there was no one to be seen. It struck me as odd that he could just vanish so quickly but my greatest shock came when I looked down at where he had been standing and there was only fresh untouched snow. There were no footprints where he had been standing nor were there any tracks leading to or away from where I was.
One thing I have learned over the years is that it takes so much more effort to not believe in a Creator, than it does to believe. We only need to open our eyes, open our hearts and open our minds to the truth. If we simply look at the evidence, even the blind can see the fingerprints of a Creator and the perfection within His design.
As you read this, you are sitting on a ball that is spinning in space at a speed of 1,070 miles per hour. (1,670/kph.) It is not on rails or tracks but yet it keeps on a perfect course. It only maintains this perfect course due to the gravitational pull of the sun’s mass in the center of our galaxy and the counter-balance of the gravitational pull of the moon in our atmosphere. The size, mass, weight and distance of the sun, the earth and the moon are completely relative. The balance of our rotation and essentially the balance of our existence would not be possible if every one of these variables were not exact.
As humans, there are of course several things that are absolutely essential to the existence of life and humanity. Among these are oxygen to breath, water to drink, food to eat and a heat source for warmth. We just happen to have all of these things right here on earth where humans require them. Nowhere in all of space does oxygen exist except a small envelope just around the surface of the earth. Nowhere in all of space has evidence of water been found to exist except here on earth and we have an endless supply since our earth’s surface is composed of 75% water. The sun is at just the perfect location and distance from the earth to warm the surface for us to an inhabitable environment. If the sun were just a little closer we would burn up and just a little further away, we would freeze. We have an ionosphere that acts as a protective barrier around the earth. It holds in the heat and oxygen for us and at the same time, blocks out harmful radiation and deflects incoming objects from space.
One of the most amazing facts about our existence though comes through our food sources. Just look at the various forms of food that just grows up from beneath the surface of the earth. The numerous fruits, berries and nuts that just grow from the trees and dangle awaiting to be picked. The various animals and wildlife here on earth that provide meat for a required protein source and the unlimited amount of food in the seas. On the earth there are four perfect seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Spring is the birth of all that is new and facilitates the germination process and the beginning of the new life. Summer is the growth period which allows the food source to mature for consumption. Autumn is the period for harvest and reaping the mature food. Winter is the season that kills off the germs in the earths surface by freezing and prepares the ground for the following spring. If you remove any one of these four seasons, you would throw off the balance of nature. The earth tilts towards the sun allowing both hemispheres their adequate seasonal requirement. We possess a symbiotic relationship with so much of our surroundings that cannot be ignored. Humans breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide whereas plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. It is possible that neither one could exist without the other. Thereby concluding that each was created at the same time for each others benefit of existence.
There is just an endless amount of evidence of creation and just too much to merely be attributed to “luck” or “coincidence.” To simply say that all of these necessary variables and factors of existence just aligned themselves by chance, is to almost make oneself appear uneducated. For the believer, physical evidence is not required nor necessary for belief. Their belief is based on faith in that which is unseen, since the spiritual is more real than the physical. The believer will often tell you that God does not exist because they believe, but rather they believe because God exists. For some though in today’s world, they search out for evidence that is tangible. Evidence that can be seen with the eye. The further science goes into the realm of the unseen, the more we begin to see the fingerprints of perfection upon creation.
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