Research suggesting that you can’t have both faith and deep thoughts has been debunked.
A pivotal study claiming that the more people learn to think analytically, the less religious they become, has been proven false. Even the researchers behind the study are now saying they got it wrong.
The researchers originally reported, that when they taught people how to think more analytically. Those same people also became less religious, suggesting that the two traits religious and rigorous thinker couldn’t coexist.
The Science Us writer Dalmeet Singh Chawla explains in a piece about the turnaround in thinking,
its findings played into already-held beliefs in the public domain. About religion and analytical thinking namely, the assumption that religious people think less deeply.
It’s important to note that the debunking research didn’t prove unequivocally that religion and analytical thinking aren’t connected. In some way just that the methods used to get the original, headline-making results were flawed.
But we can all take this as a reminder to check our assumptions. And remember that just because someone holds different or deeper religious beliefs than we do, doesn’t automatically make them any more or less analytical than us.