Nyborg’s ‘The Intelligence-Religiosity Nexus’ and the Benefits of Consilience

Open Differential Psychology, 2014


A critique of Nyborg's (2009) analysis of the relationship between IQ and religiousness is presented. It is argued that its problems, although relatively minor, could have been avoided if Wilson's (1998) consilience model were followed. In particular, it presents a number of errors of categorization (which impact its results) that could have been avoided if a Religious Studies expert had been involved in the review process.

Consilience, Intelligence, Religion, Religious Studies

Reviewed by
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard, Davide Piffer, John Fuerst

Review time 35 days.