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Atheists more likely to be superstitious, study reveals

A survey released this month by Baylor University reveals that those who identify themselves as Christians are much less likely to hold paranormal beliefs, such as the existence of ghosts, the Loch Ness Monster, and Atlantis.

The survey, which polled 1,648 people, was considered “one of the most detailed ever conducted about religion in the United States,� according to an article in the Washington Post.

The finding that people who expressed no belief in God leaned politically to the left was not new. However, the survey also found those people more prone to believe in communication with the dead, haunted houses, and UFOs, the Washington Times said.

This finding contrasts idea that those who do not believe in a higher power are more rational and educated than those who embrace fundamental Christian beliefs.

In fact, those with a higher education are more likely to hold paranormal beliefs, reported the Wall Street Journal, citing a Skeptical Inquirer survey.

Could G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown character have been on to something when he said, “It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense, and can’t see things as they are�?