Originally Posted by angryllama
Did you know that Newton (the father of modern physics) was a Christian? That Einstein was Jewish? That arguably the best modern logician of the 20th century was a Christian (C.S. Lewis)? JRR Tolkien was a Christian apoplogist. Soren Kiregegaard was a Christian. Gregor Mendel - the father or Mendelian genetics and discoverer of inheritance theory - was a Christian. Charles Darwin was a Christian and died lamenting how people had used his theory. Most of the classical poets were Christian...and so on.
Religious people can be the most intelligent people of their time. A sweeping dismissal of their contributions to the marketplace of thoughts would leave you without most of modern science and modern philosophy.
Thats a mighty sweeping statement yourself. I'll play the "Did You Know" game with ya. Samuel Clemens. Thomas Edison. Ben Franklin. Edgar Allan Poe. Carl Sagan. Ernest Hemingway. That's right. All of these people were atheists. What does that prove
I'd dispute your claim that Darwin was a Christian. He supposedly proclaimed a belief on his deathbed. Interesting to note that it can't be proven and was supposedly heard by only one witness.
I'm not saying religious people can't be intelligent. I'm not saying atheists can't be dumb. It is people's belief in superstitions that I don't share. Thanks...