Are religious people guilty of intellectual laziness?

  • Religions, since their origins were ways of explaining and quantifying the unknown without working solutions are therefore inherently lazy.

    The earliest religions and their modern day descendants made up religions in order to put order into the chaos and to engender our tendency to anthropomorphize our environment. While one cannot state "all" religious people are guilty of intellectual laziness, the acceptance of a religious leader's ideas over provable facts tend to be a response of laziness. The ease of acceptance and lack of work vs the difficulty in exploring and quantifying evidence and actual testing of evidence requiring work is demonstrative of "laziness" For an example, how many modern christians who believe in creation over evolution state there is no evidence yet have never critically explored the evidence. We all have heard someone state that Carbon 14 dating doesn't work and may even cite something as evidence. The religious person tends to accept this idea without verification. Yet if they were to actually follow the information, they would see how truly misinformative this mischaracterization is. Most claim that Carbon 14 dating doesn't work on rocks without understanding that Carbon 14 dating only works, and works well with previously living material. (not rocks)
    They tend to state the bible is inerrant yet when the errors are shown, they state god is unknowable instead of searching out why certain irreconcilable differences occur in their bible. Laziness is defined as "the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy." I believe this accurately defines someone who would accept an illogical argument instead of researching and studying.
    The bible states " work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," yet if one takes this to heart and "works," they wouldn't just try to memorize something but they would want to know which were the original words and what did the original really say. This would lead to less religious people so many religious teachers prey on the inherent laziness and tell people what to believe.


  • Theists have never really Thought Critically, Nor Rationally about their Beliefs and The Possibility that They Are Wrong: Which They Are:

    By Intellectual, I mean Rational, Logical, Research and Criticism, Something very few (if any) Theists have ever applied to their Religious beliefs nor their Scriptures. Any genuine rational research and criticism of texts, such as The Old Testament, would come across hundreds of discrepancies and contradictions, plus information from Historians and Geologists demonstrating that Chronologically and Geologically, the scriptures don't hold much truth.
    The lack of Rationality within the Scriptures is another issue, it is this issue that has caused many Theologians and clergy to up and leave their religions.
    One I know of just tried to rationalize Heaven and Hell after a parishioner asked him a question. He awoke the next morning an Atheist, because he found it absolutely impossible to rationalize complete and nonsense.
    Only apologists (trained liars) pretend to be able rationalize scripture.
    But, if you examine the writings of Apologists with a skeptical, rational mind, you will find their work absolutely IRRATIONAL.

  • Yes, sometimes they are.

    Not all religious people are guilty of this, but there are plenty of folks who go no further than parroting what their religion has taught them when they need to explain a complex situation or experience. This is the lazy way out, and one can know what religion teaches while still delving more deeply into the meaning.

  • Did the "experiment" myself

    As I kid I went to a religious school and was brought up religious. It made me an anxious wreck as none of the teachings made logical sense no matter how much I thought about and analyzed them. I also saw people just going through the motions of going to church but not putting things into practice. So the contradictions led to more confusion. No one seemed to care about to the state I was in presumably because they were too lazy to care. Fast forward once I ditched it all as an adult and looked at life with thought and effort I felt so much better and alive. So my conclusion is thinking people are not religious!

  • Tales and science

    The total of all the foundational texts of the world's so called great religions, written over the whole of history form an infinitesimal fraction of the volume of scientific publications each month. Science is work, commitment, integrity, respect for truth and reality, as it is, whether we like it or not, it is the same for every one and we are all equal before it, and it discloses a world much greater and more wonderful than any religion ever has. It requires courage and honesty to confront your pet theories and change them in the face of the evidence from reality gathered through experimentation, observation and careful analysis. Religion is a poor ancestor, historically interesting, sometimes charming often repulsive, divisive, murderous.

  • Faith is the definition of intellectual laziness.

    Faith is the freedom to believe in any idea, and to justify any action without proof. Religious people have to constantly jump through mental hoops to make their view of reality work. If religious people were smart, then there wouldn't be a conflict with Science or other Religions. This conflict exists because Religious people treat their faith as Dogmatic. Religious Dogma allows people to be Arrogant and Intolerant of everyone else, and to feel good about it. Religious Dogma is prone to abuse by people in power and has been the cause of many wars and much suffering throughout history. The worst part is Religious people don't see any of this.

  • Faith is the definition of intellectual laziness.

    Faith is the freedom to believe in any idea, and to justify any action without proof. Religious people have to constantly jump through mental hoops to make their view of reality work. If religious people were smart, then there wouldn't be a conflict with Science or other Religions. This conflict exists because Religious people treat their faith as Dogmatic. Religious Dogma allows people to be Arrogant and Intolerant of everyone else, and to feel good about it. Religious Dogma is prone to abuse by people in power and has been the cause of many wars and much suffering throughout history. The worst part is Religious people don't see any of this.

  • Define your meaning of "Religious"

    A person does something "religiously" when they are so scrupulous about it that they never fail to do so. This has nothing to do with reason. "I take my medication religiously." Why? "Because I was told to." People who are religious, then just do what they do by rote and ritual. The reason doesn't matter. The truth or error behind it doesn't matter. People who are spiritual are the ones who are asking the questions like, "Why?" Spiritual people may practice a particular set of behaviors from a religion, but they probably don't do so religiously. They do so purposely.

  • It's called faith because it's not knowledge.

    Nonetheless, there are intelligent people and even scientists who are theists. But that doesn't exclude everyone's varying tendency of being gullible.

    Usually when confronted with the physical impossibility of a God existing, theists try to make the evidence fit their worldview and builds around that, instead of actually following where the evidence leads. To claim that God is incomprehensible because it's above/outside the laws of physics, is not different from stating that magical pixies, unicorns or dragons should be scientifically examined. It's a cop-out. Furthermore, for those who claim that God is beyond our human understanding, how do you theists supposedly know/feel God with any certainty?

    One has to be in sync with how reality functions first, in order to make progress in the intellectual area. Some, but not all, theists do care to research the truth of our world, but they will inevitably hit a road block when they apply reason and logic to most religious claims.

  • Atheist saying NO.

    As a former Christian, I know otherwise. It is not that they don't want knowledge, it's not that they can't understand it either. Fact is, there are many relatively bright and logical religious people. Problem is, because of all the years of conditioning they build a form of subconscious barrier that prevents acceptance of other beliefs or knowledge that conflicts with their faith. In a way, their faith in their god is censoring out what conflicts with their religion.
    I could probably look up and paste hundreds of names to list as examples of very bright people of faith but I will give you one good example instead.
    Professor Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs South Dakota designed a visual aid to prove reason for not only the flat earth but other things we know to be false about biblical description.
    You would think that it was from around 15th or 16th century but no. It was printed in 1893. Long after the pope had declared the earth was not flat and did revolve around the sun in the 17th century.
    They are able to understand but because it would destroy a major part of their lives they are incapable of the message getting through.

  • That is the strangest thing I have ever heard

    Religious people are not that way because they don't want to think about. They are that way because they have thought very deeply about it, most have done lots of reading, studying and soul searching to come to the conclusion that they do believe in God.

    I actually think the opposite. I think Atheists are lazier, a lot less of them have looked as deeply into their beliefs.

  • Religion Doesn't Equal Stupidity

    I do not believe religious people are guilty of intellectual laziness, not the majority of them anyway. I believe people who chose to ignore scientific findings, such as evolution, and rather attribute it to creationism my be intellectually lazy or brainwashed, but for many religious people this is not the case.

  • A simple study of western history proves this false.

    1. Fallacy of Generalizations.
    There are many intellectually lazy religious people. There are also many intellectually lazy non-religious people. Making a blanket generalization about religious or non-religious people being intellectually lazy based on a limited set of observations is a logical fallacy.

    2. Counter examples
    There are so many Christians who were not intellectually lazy -- Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Bacon, Aquinas, Origen, William Tyndale, Martin Luther, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, CS Lewis...

    3. Epistemological foundations
    Philosophers who study theories of knowledge know that faith in a rational Being is a foundation upon which many have confidence in the validity of rational thought and discourse in the first place....

    While there are many other supporting arguments I could list, anyone who has studied the history of Western Thought knows that, while there are many religious and non-religious people who are intellectually lazy, the claim that religious people as a whole are guilty of intellectual laziness is quite absurd.

  • If that is true, then everyone is guilty of it.

    If we are intellectually lazy and we believe in whatever we want, etc, etc, then wouldn't you all be lazy for telling us what we believe in is wrong without any scientific justification. Now personally I do not use the bible to justify stuff but really, this whole argument is just stupid.

  • Not in the slightest.

    I would like to declare first and foremost that the actions of adherents to a religion in no way disproves it.

    Let's begin. If you truly believe that statement then you put intellectual powerhouses like Origen, Thomas Aquinas, C.S Lewis, William Lane Craig, John Lennox, and more in that same category.

    Religion has never been about blind faith. The Gospels are historical documents (If anyone objects to this, do your research from non-biased sources and you'll see what I mean) that give locations, people, etc to back up their claims. They were also written within the generation that witnessed Jesus Christ's life and death, if anyone had a problem with a part of the Gospel they easily could've talked to Joseph of Arimethea, Caiaphas, Pilate, or the hundreds of other Jews who witnessed Jesus. That's one part.

    I'm pretty sure this post was directed towards Young Earth Creationists like Ken Ham or Kent Hovind who are intellectually lazy people who warp and twist science. Also, if Faith is the definition of intellectual laziness then explain the Faith that one might have in a scientific theory. Darwin had faith in his theory of Evolution through natural selection which He had to wait to be proven, He may have never got to see it gain more fruition, yet He had faith despite that. His faith made him not give up his experimentation and continue to work even though he would never see the end of it.

    So no. Religious people for the most part aren't intellectually lazy. I don't consider myself that, and Atheist's shouldn't either. Or else we could remark on the silly fact that they believe nothing was unstable (Despite nothing being..Nothing) and gave birth to our finely tuned universe. (Funny how they make fun of Christians for not having proof, yet there is no proof of their childish multi-verse theory)

  • Religious people are not guilty of intellectual laziness.

    Religious people are not guilty of intellectual laziness.The issue is they focus more on their faith than on their iintellect.If they really wanted to become a complete person then they would try to be more balanced in the two areas of focus.There is no reason why they can't be religious and intellectual.

  • No, they study the most.

    No, religious people are not guilty of intellectual laziness, because most religious people spend a great deal of time studying their faith. A person who believes in God and religion has to spend the time studying that religion and how they are supposed to act. A person who believes in nothing doesn't have to study anything.

  • Not All of Them

    I do not believe all religious people are guilty of intellectual laziness. There are plenty of bright and influential people that are also religious. Being religious doesn't make you an idiot. Holding on to beliefs that no longer coincide with your religion is foolish and those particular people could be labeled as intellectually lazy, but by far they are not the majority.

  • Intellectual laziness? The reason that people have a religion is much deeper than that

    The human race always has religions and it is a good thing most of the time. The reason that people have a religion is mostly down to their own experiences and what they have been brought up with. If people chose to except that as their belief it doesn't make them 'intellectually lazy'. It just means they believe what a certain religion states and to be honest, as long as they're open to all other beliefs and reasons some may be atheist and are excepting of it it is completely fine.

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