Originally posted by whodey
It has been my experience in talking to atheists that deep down they believe people of faith to be stupid in some form or fashion. It can be seen in how they interact with people of faith as the truth is exposed little by little by what they say just as it has here. However, confront them directly in admitting this and the begin a song and dance to debunk s ...[text shortened]... defend such a position, yet they continue believing it anyway whether they admitt to it or not.
I have found that on average atheists and skeptics tend to be intelligent and/or well educated people. Of course, it would be fallacious to jump from this to the conclusion that non-atheists are stupid. Quite simply, atheism is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for being intelligent, though empirically the two may be strongly correlated.
There are believers whom I regard as quite intelligent. Many are friends or colleagues of mine. I do catch myself at moments forgetting that holding on to a stupid belief (in my opinion, of course) does not necessarily make the believer a stupid person. I suppose Christians here might understand if they've ever had a serious conversation with a New Ager. Some of what those guys spout seems downright moronic, but it wouldn't be correct to say that all New Agers are morons.
That said, stupid people are more susceptible to believing stupid things and so it shouldn't surprise us to find a greater fraction of nitwit believers than nitwit atheists. In the end, I try to remind myself that I too was an "on fire," "sold out" Evangelical Christian for quite some time, and during that period (and still today) I was a demonstrably intelligent person*.
* - It is always dangerous to profess in writing that one is intelligent. I will own up to grammar and spelling mistakes with the same humility that I have shown in this post. 🙂