Does the belief in an omnipotent being (ie "God") make one seem less intelligent?

Asked by: myopinionisright
  • For Fundies Only:

    Most, garden variety theists have a reasonably good rational mind and thus intellect, though for Fundies it is a different story. The stronger their Fundamentalism, the less intelligent they actually Are as most extreme Fundamentalists have the Rational Capability of a cockroach. They cannot rationalize anything correctly and their decisions are often extremely Irrational and stupid. George Bush was demonstrating such Irrationality in his office, possibly influenced by other Idiotic Fundies in his party, but he too was not Rational enough to see his blunders. Ayatollah Khomeini was another example of a bumbling fundie fool who almost destroyed his own nation and made his nation look like a collection of Idiots.
    There are such Fundies on DDO, though I'm sure voters know who they are!

  • Only Blind Believers

    Of course being religious doesn't mean that you are automatically stupid, but blindly following a faith because "Why not?" is not a sensible choice, if you are a smart person and happens to be religious, that's fine. But then again, it is not your religion or lack thereof that makes you seem stupid, it's your general person that does.

    This question is not specific enough, I see plenty of people agreeing even though they haven't picked the same vote.

  • "Seem" then yes:

    There is little tolerance for people who choose to make an effort to believe in Santa as adults and other fantastical creatures of far less mythological power. There's little reason to believe that you should seem to retain your intellectual level for a belief in such a thing just because it's more popular.

  • Yes, but only to some because this is a question far from completion.

    They may seem less intelligent to some atheists and the reverse is also true for some theists because prejudice in atheists and theists are from the lesser intellectuals. Intelligence in someone comes from their ability to allow themselves to doubt deeply contested views and their ability to both rationalize and emphasize other people's views. So in conclusion the lesser intellectual atheists and theists view each other as lesser people while the intellectual atheists and theists are capable of understanding one another.

  • Yes because we only seem as intelligent as we seem because we are the "smartest" of things we know of.

    When you think a being exists that is even smarter than us than we are retards then we start to seem like retards. We arent any dumber but we seem dumber if there are sugar plum fairies and what not that are all knowing. I guess everybodies contradictory messages from god are also true somehow. Facts dont contradict facts.

  • Yes it does!

    Omnipotent being! Can it create a stone it cannot lift? If it does, it isn't omnipotent, because it cannot lift a stone. If it doesn't, it isn't omnipotent, because it cannot create such a stone. That's a well-known paradox.
    For all the people saying that n percent of scientists believe in some kind of higher power -- what kind of scientists? Physicists or linguists? Theologists? Why does being a scientist make somebody inherently reasonable?
    Belief without sufficient justification DOES make one seem capable of using logic, and therefore less intelligent.

    Posted by: dhal
  • Just like believing in leprechauns.

    Believing in something without evidence indicates either an inability to engage in the most basic critical thinking, or a decision not to.

    People who shape their lives based on these unsupported beliefs are in the same category as people who make major life decisions according to Grimm's fairy tales, and expect kissing a frog to turn it into a prince.

    People who give money or time to organizations in order to support the spreading of these unfounded beliefs are even less intelligent, and nefariously careless, to boot.

    The only conclusion supported by the lack of evidence is that we do not know whether there is an omnipotent being. It is painfully obvious that we have no evidence. Only an idiot could miss this, and only a fool would ignore it. We have no problem identifying idiocy in people who believe the world is flat or that Disney princesses are fictional. Why would this be any different?

  • Not at all.

    They just tend not to be able to use logic when it comes to their deity. This is because of brain washing that takes place when they are indoctrinated. To people who believe in a god, their god is an undeniable fact. Imagine this, your in a lecture hall and the speaker leads out by saying that the earth is flat. Even if he makes some good points about his theory, you dismiss the entire speech as being illogical because you know the earth is spherical. This is the same way religions look at topics about their god not existing. To them, they know God is a fact and anything that opposes it must be wrong. I am not saying they can not be logical, just that they fail to be able to accept logic when it shows evidence their god does not exist.

  • These people have experienced just as much life as any other.

    They've just come to a different conclusion on the big picture than you. It's easy for a bunch of angsty atheist folk to come to the conclusions that the belief in God is a choice that most don't put any thought into. But upon actually talking to people who won't blow you over every spiteful comment against intelligent creation you spit (And by that I mean religious people) You'll find that many of these people have spent their whole lives pondering and thinking on their beliefs.

  • Even intelligent people can believe in supreme powers.

    Most people in our world believe in some type of supreme being in one way or another. There are a plethora of concepts and ideas that are unknown to mankind despite the amount of knowledge that we know today. Regardless of how incompatible they both seem, there is a possibility that religion and science are intertwined with each other. According to the fundamental law of energy conservation, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but can be transferred from one form to another. What happens when an individual dies. Where does his or her energy go? Where does his or her energy spurn from in the first place? Such questions are yet to be answered by science, but religion poses a possible answer to some of those questions. People have the right to believe in whatever they want, and they shouldn't be judged or deprecated because of their beliefs. Everyone should always strive to have an open mind especially since there a countless amount of possible answers to the questions that we pose regarding omnipotent beings.

  • It does not

    7% of elite scientists believe in god and are religious, does that make them less intelligent than the rest? There are some ignorant beliefs that derive from religions -- not always though -- but not necessarily a belief in a god. In a belief in god makes you comfortable and you truly believe in it, then that is perfectly fine. However, please do not use that belief as an excuse for your ignorance.

  • It's impossible to say...

    The existence of God can neither be proved nor disproved, and so it is illogical to say that one that believes in God (or any omnipotent being) seems less intelligent. Based on this, this statement could just as easily be flipped the other way, and one could say that the lack of belief in God makes one seem less intelligent.

  • No, one who believes

    In a God is not by any means less intelligent. If they refuse to accept basic principals of science such as evolution or natural selection, well, I won't argue for them. However, the majority of "believers" that I know exhibit rational thinking and the ability to cognitively reason through issues such as the big bang, human complexity theories and darwinism.

  • They have just come to a different conclusion.

    Just because a group of people believe in a God (or gods) does not make them seem less intelligent. They may not be well educated concerning their deity but I'm sure they have their own areas of expertise (whether that be math, computers, physics, etc.). Although it is true that many people who believe in God won't be able to defend their position there are also some people who have pondered over this question and have come to the conclusion that there is a God based on the evidence.

    Also, is there anything wrong with believing in a God? Personally, I do believe in a God and it is not just because I grew up in a Christian home. I believe in a God because I have examined the evidence and what I found is that the belief in God best explains the origin of the universe when compared to other theories. I (along with many others) have just come to a different conclusion based on the evidence that I saw.

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