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Post Reply Why do some smart people fail to figure their way out of religion?
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I think I am smart, but I know there are a lot of people smarter than me (smart as in intelligent).
Yet some of those smarter people still buy into this concept of religion, or practice a religion.
I'm not saying religious people are dumb so perhaps it is just fear of the unknown and unseeable that makes people think, 'OK, I'll believe, just in case."
But that's dumb. There's lots of evidence that shows religion grew out of people's ignorance and the attitude of what's the harm in believing in God? Well what's the harm in not believing?
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Who knows
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Well some people like a crutch, something to rely on y'know.. it helps to put them at ease i guess. I say whatever floats your boat. If you wanna believe, believe. I see no harm in believing as long as you aren't shoving your religion down peoples throats and downright insulting them/forcing them to believe. that said, i also dont see any harm in not believing.. same rules apply here however.. cant be bashing people for their religions but hey, this is all just my take on things.
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oh god. here we go.
people should look into anthropology.
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This discussion doesn't have to be especially heated.
All I want are comments like "I'm smart (why do you think you're smart?) and I'm a [insert religion label] because..."
Or someone you know is smart and they are [insert religion label] because...
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Originally religion was a source of rationality seeking to explain the seemingly unexplainable such as whom or what created the universe? What causes disasters? How did humans get to where they are?
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JustineKo2 wrote:

This discussion doesn't have to be especially heated.
All I want are comments like "I'm smart (why do you think you're smart?) and I'm a [insert religion label] because..."
Or someone you know is smart and they are [insert religion label] because...


You started a threat about religion on an internet forum and don't want a fire?




Posted 1/10/16
GrandmasterCoolio I believe is Christian, and HolyDrumstick is pretty intelligent. Why don't we ask them?
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My reason for believing in God has nothing to do with "just in case." I believe in God because, without Him, nothing can exist. No logical claims can be made, for you have no source for them. Is truth always consistent? If so, what's keeping it consistent? If not, then that is a universally consistent truth; so, yes, some truth is consistent.

Without a source for truth, you are left with nothing. And that's the proof that God exists - without Him, you couldn't prove anything.

Relevant, with the same line of thought: http://www.proofthatgodexists.org/

Specificity aside, the heart of your question is a valid one that perplexes me. One answer is that there is not merely one type of intelligence - it's quite the spectrum.
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Because they aren't looking for a way out of religion. Duh. And what do you mean by smart? Can you define that for me? Is there a numerical value that you arbitrarily use to define smart? Is it the same as being a smart ass? Do smart people exclusively own the right to "figure their way out of religion". Furthermore, what is religion? Are you not smart because of religion?

I feel like this is really dumb question that didn't have any thought put behind it.
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Originally religion was a source of rationality seeking to explain the seemingly unexplainable such as whom or what created the universe? What causes disasters? How did humans get to where they are?
Are you talking about a time and place when the average person was uneducated and the church and ruling parties were one and the same? I think when science was controlled by the church because only the church had the resources to take that responsibility wasn't a very good time for science. Sure lots of discoveries and achievements were made, but they were self-limited not to publicly contradict dogma. Scientific discoveries made by people labelled as heretics were later absorbed by church scientists, but those discoveries had to be twisted, altered or hidden in order to conform with the church's agenda, much of it involving an epidemic of silencing rogue scientists only trying to uncover the truth.
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What you got to understand is that religion is a severe social conditioning process that is initiated since early childhood. Kids are brainwashed into believing this nonsense their entire life, not just by parents, but also by media and society.

An analogy would be, eating with a spoon. You're conditioned to eat with a spoon your whole life, it would feel weird to not eat without one. No matter how intelligent you are, you can't break that "brainwashing".

Intelligent people in sciences are less likely to believe in religions. However intelligence is not limited to science, there are other types, like artistic or linguistics, those are the type of people who are lacking in logical thinking, and can be intelligent but still believe in that nonsense.
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Super_Shaydajin wrote:I feel like this is really dumb question that didn't have any thought put behind it.
Well it appears you have defined the difference between dumb and smart. So does that mean anyone who attempts an answer is dumb and therefore is not qualified to answer?

Posted 1/10/16
Being atheist doesn't automatically make you more smart, despite what everybody thinks.
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why do so many smart people fail to realize that the universe is way, WAY too complex and predictable to be the result of a cosmic coincidence?
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