I love to think about travel, so I tried to look at the stats on the far away readers of this blog. Someone coming in through the Netherlands was coming via an atheist board. I went to see it and someone had posted a thing about stupid I am. Probably some Cretan who ran in with me on the sec web and never understood what I was saying to begin with.
It really gets me. Why do they try? You mention a bunch of books by a bunch of guys they've never heard of, Heidegger,Schleiermacher, Popkin, Hacking, Hegel, they can tell by the way I talk about them that they must be important, but to them they are just geeks or freaks, or nobodies. they don't care. They know nothing, they think nothing, they are just waiting for the next fruit roll up commercial to come on so they can go "yea I hate school too!" Why do they bother pretending they understand the issues?
It often happens that they will say "megashit your argument are illogical and circular." I'll say 'OK show which rule of logic makes them illogical? Do they violate the law of excluded middle? Why are they circular? Do they have premise resting on the conclusion? show me where? But I get nothing back but the sound of crickets. Yet it never occurs to them, Duh the reason I can't understand what he's talking about is because he's smart and I'm stupid.
And they go on this way with other little pimple faced 15 year olds, and it never occurs to them that most of the Christians are talking about the wired name guys and saying stuff they don't understand.
When they get really desperate the use that stupid "atheists have higher IQ's" website with all the studies put in the wrong categories. So they want to convince themselves they are o so smart, but it never occurs to them they can't do anything smart people do. They don't read books, they have no vast stock pile of learning, they dot' understand big words, they never think about anything, they have no culture.
Of course they believe that science is the only from of knowledge, so it wouldn't even occur to them that not knowing anything about art or letters means they are less well educated, and that's a mark of intelligence. All of this watt off a ducks back.
There are some atheists who are angry because big mean preacher man wouldn't let them screw. They can feel so much smarter than religious people because that website says so, and so if they just wave the science flag they don't have to understand science, they just have to reject religion and art. Most atheists I find on the net do not understand science. So for them science becomes a kind of er zots religion, because they have a mysterious relationship to it, they trust it to save them from big mean preacher man's angry God, and yet its' ineffable, its' a mysteries Tremendum that they can never penetrate.
Now I know many smart atheists on the net, and of cooers I'm sure if I don't say this Tiny Thinker will certainly make a comment. But I do know many smart atheists and non Christians and many who are smart enough to know better than to indulge int he kind of petulance that this kind I'm speaking of had indulged in.
For that matter, there are some really stupid Christians on the net too. I just wan to say much about that, too embarrassing. I will say this, I got into an argument on a message board with a Christian who claimed that genesis was literal. I said "where's the water above the firmament and where's the firmament?" Firmament in real Semitic mythology meant a dome over the earth with doors in it to be opened so that rain and snow could fall to earth. That was the water above the firmament. so when Genesis speaks of "the water above the firmament" it's actually affirming a flat domed earth. This guy said "it's spiritual water so you can't see it."
Explaining what's wrong with that would just take too much energy. But I am always amazed by these people.