African atheism and intelligence
Individuals advocating irreligion in Africa have been dated to go back several millennia. During the 1950s and 1960s, irreligion in Africa became more prevalent as the educated classes became influenced by communism, socialism and anti-colonial movements gained influence on the continent (see also: Atheism and communism).
Atheists, however, remain a very small minority in Africa (see also: Atheist population and Global atheism). A study conducted by the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life says that Africans are among the most religious people on Earth. See also: Black atheism and Western atheism and race
African atheist IQ scores
Socioeconomic factors can cause differences in regional intelligence levels (for example, wealth which can affect the quality of education, health care and nutrition). Although social scientists have disputes about the accuracy of IQ scores in a given region, regions do vary in terms of their IQ scores. Ethnic groups facing discrimination as immigrants and their IQs temporarily dropping and then later rebounding when the discrimination is over, strongly suggests that IQ is significantly affected by one's environment and not due to any inherent and permanent genetic differences between races.
Given their small proportion of the African population and the antipathy of many Africans have against atheists, social scientists have shown little interest in terms of studying and determining the IQs/intelligence of African atheists. This is not entirely surprising. In the United States (another religious region), Dr. Melanie Brewster gave a talk entitled Why is Psychology Silent When it Comes to Atheism? and she indicated there is a general reluctance of psychologists to study the atheist population. See also: Views on atheists
Africa and atheist art/atheist music/atheist architecture
Howard Gardner at Harvard University has identified various distinct intelligences: interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, musical–rhythmic, bodily–kinesthetic, and naturalistic.
Despite atheism existing for thousands of years and predating Christianity, there is a small proportion of atheist art compared to religious art. For example, Wikipedia, which was founded by an atheist and agnostic, has no article on "Atheist art", but Wikipedia does have an article on Christian art. Similarly, there is a small proportion of atheist music compared to religious music.
An atheist posted to atheist Sam Harris' discussion board: "This idea started when I googled “atheist art”. You see I was expecting to find art. Instead, what you get is a whole bunch of knockoffs of famous religious art that has been disfigured and mutilated. This made me slightly ashamed."
As noted above, individuals advocating irreligion in Africa have been dated to go back several millennia. Although there are artistic and musical achievements when it comes to African Christian art and African Christian music (for example African art museums displaying African Christian art), there has been a lack of significant African achievements when it comes to African atheist art and African atheist music.
Africa has many beautiful church buildings. Wikipedia, which again is a online encyclopedia found by an atheist and agnostic, has a church architecture article which features an entire section on Ethiopian church architecture. However, there is not a single notable example of African atheist architecture (see also: Atheism and architecture).
Improving African IQ scores and Christianity
African IQ scores are expected to rise due to improving living conditions.
In the 20th century Christianity grew very rapidly in Africa and it continues to grow rapidly today. In 2011, USA Today published an article entitled Study: Christianity grows exponentially in Africa Historically, the growth of Protestant Christianity in an area causes improved economic and social conditions (see: Protestant cultural legacies and Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism).
The atheist and Harvard University historian Niall Ferguson declared: "Through a mixture of hard work and thrift the Protestant societies of the North and West Atlantic achieved the most rapid economic growth in history."
The World Economic Forum reported:
|“|| In 2010 the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) described the potential and progress of African economies as “lions on the move”. Today, despite the collapse of global commodity prices and political shocks that have slowed growth in North Africa, Africa’s economic lions are still moving forward.
Overall, the continent achieved average real annual GDP growth of 5.4% between 2000 and 2010, adding $78 billion annually to GDP (in 2015 prices).
- Why so many Africans are religious: Leo Igwe
- M.B. Mat'e, The History of Freethinking in Ancient Egypt (1956), no. 3.
- Book Review: IQ and the Wealth of Nations, Nature
- Controversial study of African IQ levels is 'deeply flawed', Science Daily, January 21, 2010
- WORLD RANKING OF COUNTRIES BY THEIR AVERAGE
- Charles Murray Still Convinced That Whites Are Smarter Than Blacks by Kevin Drum, Mother Jonees, 2017
- Why is Psychology Silent When it Comes to Atheism? - Dr. Melanie Brewster - Skepticon 7
- Multiple Ingelligence
- Atheist post at Sam Harris' discussion board
- Wikipedia - Church architecture
- The Protestant Work Ethic: Alive & Well…In China By Hugh Whelchel on September 24, 2012
- Study: Christianity grows exponentially in Africa , USA Today, 2011
- 3 reasons things are looking up for African economies