Physical time on earth hardly guarantees that equal intellectual maturity follows. Many atheists use their intellectual "prowess" as a mask to hide their childishness. Being knowledgable doesn't necessarily equate to having wisdom.
Many atheists are childish? I'll concede that if you concede that many Catholics are childish. And of course your second statement is true, though knowledge does generally help with wisdom.
No I won't. Because I don't see Catholics in the numbers that I saw atheists making complete and utter fools of themselves in D.C. for their "faith".
Many philosophers have made the observation that old age is often the time when good scientists become bad philosophers.
And the fear of death sits in and people come back to religion.
And where do you suppose that fear comes from?
No, those type of atheists are materialists operating off of flawed assumptions, i.e. using science-the study of the material world-to draw, albeit false, conclusions about metaphysical realities or their insistance that there is nothing beyond the material world. There is no objectoin that atheists posit that cannot be refuted by theists because all of their/your objections are based off of either linguistic confusions or false premises.
Okay, in rejecting materialism, you're just begging the question. Sure, if I accept that supernatural realms are true, I can refute materialist conclusions. But I don't, and I see no reason to. On the other hand, I would say all of your objections are based on speculative metaphysics that you have absolute no evidence of (save material evidence written in material books by material people).
So, then, are you saying that truth is only what you can sense?
Questioning the source seems to me a concession, since it's not a valid rebuttal for the point I've just demonstrated. Pew is a major, respected polling organization. If you study the report, you will not find it to be biased.
That's just an insult, and I take offense at it. Again, we score higher in religious knowledge tests. Also, the National Academy of Science is 90% non-theist, and religious belief is negatively correlated with education. I can provide sources here too if you want to doubt me. I ask that you reserve your insults when the intellectual deficits are demonstrably on the other side. Out of politeness, I don't generally argue that atheists are more intelligent. I argue the points. Yet your choice to focus on ad hominems and your attempt to undermine the authority of atheists via insulting their intelligence and psychology really only undermines your intellectual integrity and decency.
Perhaps that is the sort of person you are. That is not who I am. I am trying to defend atheists against prejudice, prejudice which you are perpetrating paragraph after paragraph.
No, what was biased was how you vaguely presented it. You failed to mention that atheists themselves missed almost half the questions themselves on average(20 out of 32).
What is obvious to me was your tact in citing the poll. Why cite it at all? If you really believed that you are more intelligent than us nit-wit believers, why cite it? Was it to toot your own horn about your intellectual superiority? You claim "no", but then you go on apparently ignoring your own words.
You charge me with committing "ad-hominems". Yet I never attacked your person, just your words. And I provided a very obvious example of atheists that you knew undermined your argument. So you, I guess in a token of solidarity(or maybe because you were there yourself), took offense. I don't know.
But the whole passage makes me wonder if you set yourself up to play the victim. Stir the pot, wait for the response, and then insist that you're only here "defend atheists against prejudice, prejudice which you are perpetrating paragraph after paragraph.."
The reality is that you have little notion of context so you-as I did-easily twist meanings to occomplish your ends. You feel that if you can overwhelm a believer with enough of these passages that most people don't really read of and are not very familiar that you can confuse them and get them to question their faith.
It's really intellectual dishonesty disguised as sophistry.
Using logical arguments to disprove points is the definition of logical, reason-based argument. It is the exact opposite of sophistry. Conflating my intellectual directness and honesty with sophistry is itself sophistry.
I have yet to see intellectual directness or honesty. I haven't seen an argument at all. All I've seen is that you seem to want to play the victim while you attack theists as being stupid morons.
I'm still waiting for a rational argument to materialize....
Either way, it does not follow that because of their ignorance of the Bible necessitates that there is no God.
Of course not. I never made this claim.
Again, then what's the point of citing the poll? Remember, you're not here talking to average Catholics either. You're going after people who KNOW the Faith. Who have extensive experience engaging in apologetics and defending our Faith.
If you think you've come here for easy prey, then you've come to the wrong place.
One, I didn't say atheists "missed" arguments. That would make the false assumption that atheists actually care about looking for well attested challenges to their atheism. I'm saying that their objections against God are the same objections that were answered centuries ago by Christian apologists. Most modern atheists are simply too intellectually lazy to look beyond their own biases and prejudices. Those few atheists that know of the Christian answers, the only reason they know of them is because they encountered real Christians who know their faith, and history, and challenged them.
St. Augustine solved the problem of evil in the 4th century for starters. What I posted in the other thread is a very simplified adaptation largely from his insights.
St. Thomas Aquinas answered the atheists of his day with his "Five Ways"(summaries of the temporal material world pointing beyond itself to an eternal and infinite reality that we call God).
If you're going to argue that most atheists are familiar with either of these works then there's no way that I can take you seriously.
You think the problems are solved. We don't. That's why there are still atheists, generation after generation. Again calling us intellectually lazy. Despite that more college Professors are atheists? Despite the higher performance on religious knowledge tests? You're insults are unmerited.
college professors in secular colleges are athiests because many of them are progressives/socialists/communists as well. They studied Nietzsche, Marx, Feuerbach. The assertion is meaningless. Just because you assume they studied a lot hardly means that they have thoroughly studied the claims of any faith. If they were as intelligent as you claim then they should have perfect scores on that poll survey. 20 out of 32? That's what you're going by as "high performance"? For every college professor you put forth I can put forth a man of faith that would at the very least get your professor to scratch his chin.
If you think the arguments are so obvious, convince me. And do it without throwing in insults and overgeneralizations every few sentences. That much is minimal to have a decent conversation.
Look, if your so sensitive that when someone calls you out for intellectual dishonesty you're going to have a hissy-fit then we can just stop right now. I'm not going to allow you insist that because atheists collectively scored a 63% on a pew poll survey about religion to characterize as a "high performance". Its dishonest. It'd be different if it was like 30/32-but its not even close!
And you have average Catholics-who quite honestly are rather unknowledgeable as far as chapters and verses go-are only four questions behind your lauded atheists. Catholics may not know chapter and verse like other protestants do, but they know the stories because they hear the verbatum at Mass.
That you can only beat Catholics by four questions I think says volumes more about what atheists DO NOT know compared to what they think they know.
The bottom line is this: We're adults here, and we're liable to have adult conversations. If you can't handle things getting a little heated or pointed, you should probably go somewhere else.
The arguments that you think are profound and obvious, atheists would dismiss or refute as illogical and wishful. Just because there are apologists doesn't mean we buy what they say. Keep that in mind whenever you are tempted to say some answer is obvious.
"Wishful" is not an objective term, it is a subjective opinion. As far as the former objection there is no such thing as an illogical argument in support of the Faith, because God-who created the universe and everything in it, also created logic. I wonder if you have heard this one?
For example, I argue that atheistic materialism is irrational. Why, you ask? Simple. You claim that materialism is true. You want us to consider your arguments and accept your conclusions. But the system of nature your doctrine affirms is a closed one: a self-sufficient series of material causes and effects. Is there room is such a system for rational argument? It seems not.
Think of a question to be considered. That question, the consideration of it, and the judgement finally rendered, are all, if materialism is true, the necessary(and perhaps, partly random) results of the play of material forces: forces stretching back to the beginning of the universe itself. Thus the judgement that something(e.g. materialism) is true, and the judgement that it is false are both the result of physical causes. Both of them equally real, both of them equally necessary. The same holds for the reflection preceeding those judgements and for the discussion which might follow that reflection. The same holds for all reflection, each discussion, every judgement. But this means that the conditions for rational judgement have been eliminated. Because to judge means to be free to consider or weigh the merits of the thing we judge; no judge in court can ever also be a part of the group of prisoners on trial. But if materialism is true, there can be no freedom to weigh or to consider, and therefore no real act of judgement.
Materialists want us to judge that their doctrine is true, yet their doctrine eliminates the posibility of making any true judgements at all.
But we DO have the ability to make judgements-therefore materialism is false.