Professor Lynn had previously sparked controversy by asserting that intelligence varies with race, that women's IQs are lower than men's and that Germany is Europe's cleverest nation. His latest finding published in the journal Intelligence has been branded ''simplistic'' and ''anti-religious'' A survey of Royal Society fellows found that only 3.3 per cent believed in God - at a time when 68.5 per cent of the general UK population described themselves as believers.
The researcher said most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence - and their intelligence increased - many started to have doubts.
''Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is a matter of the IQ,'' the Telegraph quoted him as saying.