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Do atheists think they are more intelligent than theists (mainly Christians)?

A friend of mine thinks that atheists believe they are more intelligent than theists, especially Christians. I haven’t run into that from the atheists I know (but I only know two and they are related to me). So, do they?

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Asked by Chniamli at 2:05 PM on Sep. 30, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Yes some Atheist are smarter then some Christians, just like some Christians are smarter then some Atheist.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 2:07 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • nope, not at all

    they do tend to feel more open minded and not accept every single thing they are told as fact, though, without ever questioning it.
    they see themselves as more logical, analytical and rational thinkers, but not necesarily more knowledgable or smarter.

    Answer by Zoeyis at 2:08 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • well we are smart enough to not believe in a book of lies written by people who knew they could control others thoughts and actions

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

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    Most I know DO THINK they are more intelligent than religious people.

    On the other hand, when they are in trouble or need comforting, they say "GOD help me!" LOL!

    Answer by AdrianaS at 2:08 PM on Sep. 30, 2010 (hidden) + expand

  • Well I believe they know things a lot of Christians are not open to knowing, which makes them know more, so my answer would be yes.

    Answer by Mrs.DTJefferson at 2:09 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • I don't believe I'm any smarter than the Christian living next door. I probably know more than her on certain subjects, just like she probably knows more than me on other subjects.

    I think it's unfair to judge an entire group of people based on the actions of a few individuals.

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 2:10 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • AdrianaS, a true atheist would NOT say a thing like that... Do I believe I'm smarter than Christians? Well yeah, but I believe I'm smarter than most people, regardless of their religion or lack thereof (nobody get pissy now, I'm KIDDING!).

    I believe atheists are not necessarily more intelligent, they just have a more factual/logical way of looking at things. We need things to be proven, we are analytical, we need facts, and I guess we just can't go on faith alone... Just two different mind sets, that's all. I also believe that we rely more on our OWN moral compass, and don't live our lives according to what somebody else tells us to believe.

    Answer by Anouck at 2:15 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • No.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:16 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • Nope. There have been a couple of surveys that show atheists are more educated than religious folk, but we all know education doesn't equal intelligence.


    Answer by Dr.Donna at 2:21 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

  • NO I am do not think I am "smarter" than anyone, christian or not. i am who I, intellectual, caring, loving, tolerant and always seeking answers to my questions.
    If others take this as my thinking I am smarter than they are...well that is on them, not me.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:25 PM on Sep. 30, 2010

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