SweetDee, on Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 9:15 AM, said:
Sure, coming at it from Gods perspective. All the "knowledge" in the universe gets you a big fail if you don't get this one part correct. You could be literally the smartest dead man ever and God would judge you to be a complete dolt.
Yeah so you are agreeing with me that the christian god wants people to be stupid.
The fastest, most expensive, sleek, cherry car in the world doesn't go anywhere if you don't believe the ignition will start it.
No, the function of the ignition is unrelated to your belief in its function.
Even for the genius that built it, he must complete this critical step to enjoy the bounties of what he created. Now, we could argue said genius is still a genius even though he does not believe in the almighty power of the ignition, I mean look at everything he has accomplished? We can't take that away, can we? No. However, I think we can also make the statement that he is pretty dumb for having this one blind spot.
That would be different than what you are saying, which is that the people who know nothing about the world are smart because they know one particular thing. That's not what smart means.
Honestly the fact that many "religious" folks aren't well read in other religions doesn't surprise me at all.
They don't know about their own religion
. Atheists answered more questions correct about christianity
than the christians did. They didn't know that the first book of the bible was Genesis, for instance. We are not talking about specific, sect-related details.
As far as the lack of knowledge of say, who the Vice President is this also does not surprise me all that much, most of the truly religious people I have ever known didn't really care about that kind of thing, they just lived each day for God, whatever that means to them, and truthfully does knowing who the Vice President is make your day any better or smoother? Does it get you a job? I think at best it makes you more aware or in tune to current events, to say that it makes you any more intelligent I think is stretching it. For people who sing songs like "This World is not my Home" that kind of intelligent is largely useless, they use the mind for other things. Or, they pretend to, but that's a whole other conversation.
Why do they have lower IQs? This isn't just about being non-political. You are saying that the only kind of intelligence they possess is the one that causes them to believe in god. That's a severe twisting of what intelligence is in order to avoid the conclusion that religious people are stupider. Let's say I found that Nazis were lower IQ and had less general knowledge than other people. Couldn't they say: oh, we are smart all right, because we understand the most important thing about the universe, that white people are the best. We don't need to waste our mental power on anything else. It's the rest of you who are stupid, wasting your time with things like memory, logic, math, and knowledge.