Razib Khan has put up a set of graphs mapping verbal intelligence to various beliefs and demographics. For instance:
That ‘non-believers’ (as I’ll call them) are smarter than believers is already well-known, I think, so what struck me about this is that the non-believer’s position is the least motivated of all.
Although I’m a Christian, I’ve never thought it made any sense to say the Bible (or all of it) is literally the word of God. Why would God write things like, “Hi, it’s Luke here,” or write psalms in His own praise? It’s a lazy belief that is at least intelligible because it’s simple and Christians (like most people generally) aren’t thinkers.
But what’s the deal with “the Bible is a book of fables?” The Bible no doubt has some fables in it; it also has some law codes and oral histories and royal chronicles and poetry and various other things. So “the Bible is a book of fables” is at least as stupid as any other view on that chart, but there’s doesn’t even seem to be any reason for anyone to hold it except… anti-religious spite?