Sunday, 5 June 2011

Religion: Stupid?

I know many of our religious friends think we atheists think they're stupid...

Or worse, that their religion is stupid. Why would that be worse is not entirely clear from an atheist point of view, but then most of the religious beliefs are not entirely clear from an atheists point of view. Still, let's first tackle the "religious are stupid" argument: nope, you're not. At least not because you're religious. It'd be stupid to call some quite obviously clever and educated people stupid just because they're religious, too. So, no and thrice no, being religious is not equal to being stupid. Unless you are stupid to start with, but that's different - and probably makes you no more susceptible to religion. Just in case you are stupid, let me disburse you of the idea that if being religious does not make you stupid it necessarily makes you clever (or us atheists stupid). No, it doesn't. Sorry.

Now, about that "religion is stupid" bit. Well, actually, it might just be, at this day and age. Sorry about that. But it's better than "silly"? Or is it not? Whatever. It's (almost) all the same to me. Because look, unless you are not just religious, but also reasonable and educated enough to realise that modern science not only makes sense, but is for the huge part made up of absolute truths, then there's something seriously going awry in your mind's processes. Because, you see, best part of science - that you probably claim to accept, if not quite always understand - is in direct opposing corner from the best part of what you - as a religious person - also hold to be absolutely true. Like, er, Earth being only a few thousand years old? Or, if you are still religious but hold such beliefs way too silly, then how about immaculate conception? Life after death with no proof whatsoever but late stone age superstitions codified two thousand years ago or so in books of dubious provenance? I'm sorry but all this is silly - at best.

So, dear believer, you're not stupid, probably just mi(s)guided...