- Apr 18, 2013
Haha, you caught me. Though as said above this wasnt a valid question. This is one of the many things that athiests say is a problem with religion. I wanted to see how Christians would respond. So what do Christians made of the studies that have found correlations between being religous and lower overall intellegence. And yes i know im an asshole.
1. The studies I've personally seen denigrating the education or intelligence of Christians have all collapsed after just rudimentary examination.
People often do some kind of skewed study, with a very odd sampling, and then claim this skewed and biased sampling goes on to prove something that even WITH the biased sampling it doesn't even prove. Then it gets picked up in the media, and passed around... because atheists seem to enjoy bashing Christians.
Atheists often seem to enjoy bashing Christians, just like the OP is doing here: even admitting he KNOWS this is an obnoxious thing to discuss... he still brings it up for discussion anyway.
2. Even if these studies are correct, and all of us poor bewildered Christians are as dumb as a box of turnips, the studies are still COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT TO CHRISTIANITY.
Logically, nothing ABOUT a person has anything to do with DETERMINING the logical validity of a proposition the person holds.
- A blind man can be right if he claims the sky is blue.
- A deaf man can be right if he claims Mozart is a great composer.
- A person with intellectual disability can be right if he claims that gravity holds us to the earth.
Nothing ABOUT a person has any logical bearing on the veracity of his proposition.
If atheists want to refute theism, they need to do more than insult people.
They need to DISPROVE THE ARGUMENTS.
If atheists desire to be truly intellectually superior, they might consider engaging in debate with logic, rather than insults.
3. This is a classic example of an informal logical fallacy called an "ad hominem argument."
In an ad hominem argument you attack the person, and then claim that by attacking the person you somehow magically refute the person's argument.
An ad hominem argument is a classic logical fallacy.
And claiming that Christianity is invalidated by positing Christians are ignorant is a classic example of this classic fallacy.
You don't actually win a rational debate by insulting people.
You have to refute the arguments.
Even if you insult people about something which is TRUE,
you STILL have to refute the arguments.
Insults have no logical bearing on the validity of an argument.