• You tell people you’re an atheist
• You deny that atheism leads to immorality
• You compare theism to belief in astrology, psychics, or bigfoot
• You object to religious privilege & Christian privilege
• You don’t “go along to get along”
• You reject faith as a means for acquiring knowledge
• You argue that religion is a source of political & social problems
• You encourage atheists to organize, work together
Well, yes × 8!
Intelligent, reasonable, and well-informed people can be wrong. They can be profoundly wrong. They can be stubbornly wrong. They can be deeply attached to wrong ideas, with contorted and absurd rationalizations for their wrongness. They can be wrong about big, important things. In fact, I would argue that this is universally true: every intelligent, reasonable, and well-informed person is bone-headedly wrong about something. Being an intelligent, reasonable, and well-informed person doesn’t mean every opinion or idea or belief you have is intelligent, reasonable, and well-informed. You can be an intelligent, reasonable, and well-informed person, and still have dumb, unreasonable, ill-informed ideas.
And yes, I think Christianity is one of these. I think all religion is one of these.
Greta Christina, “From the Mailbag: ‘Reasonable, intelligent, and well-informed’”
Sean Carroll, “Time, Born Again”
A. C. Grayling, “Dogma will always lead to murder. In the end, scepticism is the only answer”, The Independent, Friday 24 May 2013