scherzo, on May 7 2007, 11:26 PM, said:
The only really noteworthy difference is, Christians are far less likely to determine everyone else is simply stupider than they are. I don't think you're a "fool" either, but for all your cumulative knowledge, you're still vastly underestimating a rather sizeable chunk of people.
Because a belief is stupid doesn't mean the people who believe are stupid. And I never said they where. Belief is a powerful desire. Nobody, atheists included - maybe even atheists especially - wants to think that when we die we are gone. We all want to live on. Beyond that, we all want comfort on a day-to-day basis. Someone who makes us feel better, makes us believe that although today, or this week, or this month was bad, tomorrow can be better.
In addition, Religions take people as children, at their most vulnerable and impressionable, and indoctrinate them. That kind of psychological foundation can be very difficult to overcome. It took me 25 years to become an atheist.
So I don't think it's about smart of stupid. I can promise you every Christian has doubts. The intelligence bar on doubting religion is set pretty low. It's more about your personal ability to overcome fear and insecurity and indoctrination. And that has a lot to do with the circumstances of your life, and your personal journey, and little to do with your IQ.