Marx taught that religion is the opium of the masses. His simplistic view held that it is the simple folk that cling to religion, while more enlightened educated people do not need such spiritual attachments or “superstitions.” Reason alone suffices to explain everything. The more educated individuals are, the more likely they will be to not be religious.
Looking at polarized America today, researchers now claim this old view about education and religion no longer applies. In fact, educated Americans are much more likely to be attached to traditional religious institutions than uneducated ones.
At the University of Virginia, sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox found that church attendance in recent decades declined twice as fast among those with a high school diploma compared to those with a college degree. In another study, University of Nebraska sociologist Philip Schwadel concluded that, the likelihood of church attendance increased by 15 percent with each additional year of education.
It appears the enlightened ones have finally seen the light. The more they learn, the more it becomes evident to them that religion is a reasonable way to explain everything.