I cannot speak for you - maybe you are the most intelligent sapient being in the whole Universe. I know I am not - not even close. Much dumber than Copernicus, Newton, or even Ivan Pavlov (OK, that is debatable - a Russian smarter than a Pole? - that goes against my most cherished beliefs... But I hope it is not too controversial to suggest that true intelligence is humble, observant, and patient?
"It's always reassuring to find you've made the right enemies." -- William J. Donovan
Which is why scientists, which are overwhelmingly atheist, are so irrational, right?Not their "atheism", but their irrational beliefs in a whole bunch of crap that had nothing to do with religion. As Chesterton said, "Take away the faith in God, and people will not believe in nothing, they will believe in anything".
I find it funny how many people can only imagine a single label must apply to a person. Someone can be rational for some aspects of their life and irrational for others. You can stop with the logical fallacies any time, you know.I am hard-pressed to agree that Copernicus, or Newton, or Ivan Pavlov ( all deeply religious people) were "irrational".
I think we've studied it long enough, it's very rare when there is anything new under the sun, especially when it comes to the classic and commonplace religions. What is it that you think you're going to learn that we don't already know?Yes, of course. But ask yourself, impassionately (your impulses successfully overriden): Should I treat the (apparently quite normal and well-meaning) other person's religion as a curious phenomenon worth studying and understanding, or should I scream, apriori, "barabaric superstition!" and shut my own enlightened mind tight as a clam?!