A few years ago, I was reading an article in Rolling Stone about singer, Marilyn Manson. Manson made a comment which basically stated that intelligence isn’t mentioned as a virtue anywhere in the bible. I’m not sure that is entirely correct given the “be wise as serpents” passage, but let’s assume that Manson was correct. Should the bible be faulted if it doesn’t count intelligence among the virtues? I don’t think so, and the reason for this is simple. Intelligence isn’t a virtue.

Intelligence is a trait which can be used for a variety of actions. And not all of those actions are virtuous. Serial killers illustrate this point quite well. In this regard, intelligence is no different than physical strength and charisma. All three are good traits to have, and all three can be used for good actions. But they can just as easily be used for nefarious goals. So, at best, intelligence is neutral when it comes to virtue.