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Atheists are more intelligent than religious people


I do not believe for a moment that it is unfair to point out that, in those countries where religion dominates the lives of its citizens – African, some Asian and Middle East Countries – social, economic and technological progress is virtually at a standstill.

This paralysis exists not because these people are stupid, but because religion has served to crush innovation and entrench primitive thinking. People are more willing to exemplify Muhammad or Jesus, and seek for spiritual solutions to their problems than to engage in Critical Thinking, or embrace scientific solutions. The Fire Ministries is just one of the many examples, and it does not really matter, whether you belong to Mavuno Church, SDA or Catholic, you still are a primitive person whose life is a function of the spiritual world you hope to solve your problems.

Look at Citizen TV on Sundays, and see the number or sermons from Televangelists, then you start realizing that we could do better on our TV Stations and Radio stations on Sundays, we could teach Kenyans the benefits of Genetically Modified Foods, we could educate the Kenyans on what Odhiambo Oketch is doing on the clean campaign, instead of all those useless sermons from the pastors.

If you are in a Christian Union, a religious chama, if you go to church, know that you are limiting the scope of what you can do. You are contributing to the underdevelopment of the country. Read a goddamn novel, read about technology from the internet.

There can be no doubting that these religious people have been stupefied by religion masquerading as knowledge.

The only cure for this boils down to proper education, free of all religious influence.That the decline of religious belief across developed nations in the 20th century led to more intelligent populations is indisputable, and I have no doubt that, if religion were to give way to better education in Africa and the Muslim states, the same trend would be observed there.

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7 comments on “Atheists are more intelligent than religious people

  1. Zubi d'Nova / Melissa de Blok
    July 31, 2012

    Not to be a hater, but I’d like to point out that Einstein was not an atheist, and actually considered atheists to be worse than some religious people. I’ve repeatedly mentioned this to you guys, also on Twitter and Facebook, but there are constant memes with him in it to promote atheism.

    That’s like using Jesus in a meme promoting atheism.

    Einstein on what he called “cosmic religion”:
    “A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.”

    The belief system recognized a “miraculous order which manifests itself in all of nature as well as in the world of ideas,” devoid of a personal God who rewards and punishes individuals based on their behavior. It rejected a conflict between science and religion, and held that cosmic religion was necessary for science.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_views_of_Albert_Einstein

    At the end of the day, as Einstein put it with perfect precision:

    “science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

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    • Harry
      July 31, 2012

      Well, for me, whatever Einstein was is not the issue here. What matters is what i have come to conceive as a human being. Read the history of gods and you will realize that man has always created gods to try and explain concepts that they did not understand. And the Bible and the Quran just took this one step further.

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  2. Judes
    July 31, 2012

    Couldn’t agree more…. Right now, I am fighting with a group of 10-15 people who pitch a tent right behind my house every Sunday – They seem to compete on who can scream loudest and its driving me nuts… My chief does not understand what my complaint is; my neighbours are slowly growing to fear me…for protesting (which would be like fighting God!)..

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  3. blogwithjulie
    July 31, 2012

    Honestly, it seems to me that you have succeeded only in engaging in a rather bigoted rant that has failed to offer anything meaningful to your audience. When you say things like

    “This paralysis exists not because these people are stupid, but because religion has served to crush innovation and entrench primitive thinking”

    and claim that your claims are “undisputed”

    you make sweeping generalizations that are not backed by any significant evidence and ignoring you actually ignore scientific evidence that points to the fact that religious convictions contribute to the well-being of society. Plus, you also realize that some of the worlds most well-recognized (and horrific) attrocities committed in the world were committed in the 20th Century right? How does that fit with your analysis that religious thinking declined during that time.

    Frankly you come off as more intolerant and not as a “free thinker” you seem free to consider everything except the fact that you could be absolutely wrong.

    It also baffles me that you feel religion is tantamount to self-removal from society. What makes you think that Christians don’t read? Or that members of various religious groups are not exploring technology and doing research.

    And have you considered the fact that the cause of stagnation in many area’s is not religion itself but lacking of understanding as to what one’s religious convictions ought to be and what is expected of anyone who subscribes to a particular religion. Wouldn’t you say that a major problem is religious and political leaders who manipulate this ignorance as a way to forward their own self-interested agenda which more often than not requires them to plunder people, perpetuate fear (even hatred) and assist the general acquiesce of society.

    If that is the case wouldn’t we actually need to educate people with regard to their own particular convictions and help them to see the heresy’s that leaders perpetuate under the guise of being fervently religious and for the purposes of acquiring wealth, large followings, selfish ambition etc?

    Ignorance may be a problem….Question is…Ignorance of what?

    Also, I want to ask: how much do you really know about any of the worlds major religions? Plus how you feel about individuals such as Ghandi, Martin Luther King, William Wilberforce (who contributed a great deal to the abolition of the slave trade) and others whose contribution to society was based on their religious beliefs. Did they contribute to the economic/social underdevelopment of their nations? I dare say they did not.

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  4. soviet
    July 31, 2012

    How Juvenile are your refections on this issue. There is not a single way to justify the cause and effect of what you say here. Its almost retarded to be quite honest. How is it that you justify the statement that because people believe in a deity, they are socially, economically and interlectually backwards?

    I will have you know that the foundations of the great economies of today were built on the backs of deeply religious and pious people.

    It has been only within the last half a century that attitudes have changed towards a more atheistic perspective. to think that the world economies have been made great by the works of this generation or the last is a display of deep lack of understanding of the worlds history and remarkable ignorance on your part. Stop watching tv and surfing all day and read a book. Trust me it will aid you.

    Whether a people belive In a God or not and how it affects their economic destiny is not the point, the point is your statement – what you put across so well – is so deeply flawed and ignorant of the last 300-400 years that i doubt you even understand what it is you think you are saying.

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  5. Zubi d'Nova / Melissa de Blok
    July 31, 2012

    Soviet and Julie; I have to say kudos – I love how you both write, and if you happen to have a Twitter, would love to follow you on it.

    Also, wanted to add:

    If science on its own were so good, then doctors would have more answers than natural medicine (a lot of which is tied in with spirituality, and often was used in conjunction with religious rituals). Why is it that they don’t? The problem lies with the people who want to seperate everything (a modern concept that came alongside the idea that the Scientific method is not flawed in its too-focused approach). Once you seperate everything, you see the details – but miss the bigger picture.

    As mentioned before, this does not seem to be what “free thinking” is. In fact, I will go as far as to say that I, the spiritual one who is silly enough to believe, may be more of a free thinker than you are (judging from your comments alone). After all, I am dating an atheist (who secretly does “feel” the theory of a greater energy than humans), and have been nothing but polite and factual while discussing.

    However, you have been venomous (to say the least) towards anything religious, and the posts sound unbelievably bitter and angry. Debates are supposed to be unbiased, but these posts are nothing but putdowns towards religions. I always say – if you have a valid point, it will not need to be said as a comparison to other points.

    Free thinking is perhaps not what you think it is (I already called you out on your other post, where you said free thinking is taking your child to a doctor when they are sick, which is the exact opposite of free thinking!).

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  6. amy
    April 12, 2014

    These regions were behind in development even before modern religion came. Those developed nations have been religious at a point.
    The best televangelist and famous preachers pastors and people who do wonders and miracles are from the US yet they are ahead. The Roman Catholic church originated from Italy which is a developed place. The best Christian Inspiration books are mainly from the US. The Christian revival emanated from the US*cant remember the dates*
    We have bigger problems than religion.
    Christianity encourages work. Paul who is probably the greatest of the biblical apostles worked even in his travels when preaching the Gospel. He earned his own living. All the apostles had occupations so anyone who tells you to not work is deceiving you…ever heard of the parable about talents? The person who did not make use of his was punished. Christianity encourages us to use our talents.
    Our problems are not purely from religion. There are those that are as a result of misconceptions about religion, like the people who are fleeced of their money for “miracles” and of course terrorism.

    Am a Christian and I can make better arguments for Atheism than this one…like seriously?

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