I previously argued that the argument “Education is correlated with secularism” is fallacious. This article adds another scholarly article to the pile of evidence that the aforementioned argument is fallacious.
Tldr: Scientists and highly educated folks typically decide on their secularism in adolescence, before these individuals choose a career in science. This adds to an explanation from reverse causality and negates the argument that they become secular due to their improved scientific reasoning.
Note, as mentioned here, that highly educated folks do convert from atheism to religion at disproportionately high rates. So scientific skill seems to lead toward theism.
William Lane Craig summarizes the findings of Rice sociologist Elaine Ecklund at 5:50 below: