Overall intelligence is a high "score" in number of intelligences and IQ tests measure only one or two of them.
To me at least, believing in religion means a damaged "reality filter". There were (and still are) a lot of very smart people with a damaged reality filter.
So it does have something to do with it, not nothing. (The connection between IQ and overall intelligence, I mean)
being an "evangelical" atheist is no better than somebody being an evangelical christian. you aren't triggering a "defense mechanism" in anybody, you are merely triggering the exact same irritance button that you feel when jehovah's witnesses show up at your door to spread their beliefs. *nobody* likes a conversion cathy. why do you think you are less annoying than they?
I'm really not sure what you're getting at here, considering atheism is lack of belief in deities where as Evangelicalism is a Protestant Christian movement. There's no such thing as an evangelical atheist; the two terms are contradictory. I wasn't saying something is better than something else. In all honesty, I don't know how to respond to this post other than to agree that no one likes it when someone tries to convert them.
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Originally Posted by Nindoriel
I'd totally subscribe to that.
No one here is asking you to subscribe to religion.
Using a non-religious definition of the word: "marked by militant or crusading zeal", then yes, there is such a thing. And I think you know exactly what he's talking about, even if evangelical was a poor word choice.
No, I wouldn't. I burned through two years of life dating an Evangelical Christian, and the primary thing it taught me is that hardcore Christians will never, ever simply take "I respect you but don't share your beliefs and never will" for an answer.
If they are hardcore you simply have to convert to their religion otherwise they are not even allowed to date/marry you. Brother of a friend of mine did it.