Friday, May 02, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmm.......

Ok, I am again going into territory where I gave up venturing into before, but I thought that this was an honest question that I left over at Keeping the Home blog. She said in her post that reading the KJV Bible has been shown to increase one's intelligence. Really, if you are going to make such a sweeping claim you should at least be able to back it up.

According to Candy: (Reason #7 why she loves the KJV)
"7) Reading the KJV has been shown to improve the IQs for many people. My IQ literally shot up 20 points after the first time I read the KJV, and I was then invited to join Mensa."

And my question to her was:
Although I absolutely love to hear and read the KJV, I curious about your sources for the claim that it increases your IQ. Do you have any references for that other than personal testimony? It is indeed a beautiful version of the bible, but I am a bit confused by this claim especially since you have it listed as a 5.5 grade reading level. I have read the KJV for years, but I do not think that it alone was responsible for any increases in my IQ score. Just curious....

Thanks, and have a great weekend! :)


I guess that I don't deserve an answer.

4 comments:

Perplexity said...

I wondered about that, for a few reasons. Your question is a very good one and one that came to mind. But, I also wondered about the "being invited to join Mensa". On the whole, Mensa doesn't "invite" people; if a person takes a qualified IQ test, they have the option of submitting it to Mensa if they score in the top 2%.

So, one asks to join Mensa; Mensa doesn't invite you.

KitKat said...

I wondered about the "invitation" as well, since I had too had always heard that you had to submit test scores to Mensa. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about Mensa to feel confident in challenging her. That statement still seemed fishy to me, though. Perhaps she just kinda juiced the wording in her favor??? Who knows....

But apparently my question just wasn't worth answering. :)

KitKat said...

ok, please excuse the grammatical errors on my last comment. That's what I get for typing before I have had all of my morning coffee. ;)

Brandy said...

Jason and I wondered about that too ... she listed KJV as at a 5.5 grade reading level, but the other translations (which are actually EASIER to read and understand) were listed as 6.5 grade or higher reading levels. And how would she know it's the specific reason her IQ was raised? You'd have to lock yourself in a room, with no conversation ... no interaction ... no NOTHING except your KJV to know that yes it indeed raises your IQ.

I'm not against KJV, mind you ... I'm just in no way exclusively KJV. As a matter of fact, my current favorite bible is the NET Bible :-)