Arguing against Deism has in fact become a rite of passage for any self-professed intellectual. Lifting an accusatory finger, patronizing, condescending against those deemed inferior for holding a truth based on faith. Rehashing the same tired arguments, recycling the old phrase 'proof God exists', using it -perhaps unconsciously- as a weapon to stake their own intellectual superiority.
Arguing against THEISM. There's an ocean of difference between them. I may be atheist, but I too recognize the possibility of an original intelligence. Just not the story of creation.
collegeswimmr saidAll this intellectual power is better served finding solutions to real problems. People are dying in Darfur, fossil fuels are being exhausted, secondary education in America is obsolete... But it's much easier to put on the costume of 'intellectual' and use what little brain power is needed to attack religion, instead of the enormous intellectual investment necessary to placate world crises.
The thing about 'real problems' is that a lot of them are caused by religion itself. People are dying everyday from holy wars, homophobia, or whatever warped execution method some religion dictated upon its followers. Regarding fossil fuels, in the great western monotheisms, man is supreme over the natural world, and that means all natural resources and living things are his for the taking. In secondary education and education in general, creationists are still fighting over the right to be taught alongside evolution as legitimate theory, obsolete biblical verses are still quoted in lieu and in direct contradiction to scientific findings. And you wonder why it's a big thing nowadays to try and at least dissuade people from dogmatism?
So you are a scientist. With all your knowledge of it, do you still believe the assertion that the Earth is only a few thousand years old? The difference is in what you know and how you deal with that knowledge.
Condescension is unavoidable when you're arguing, for example, against the bathing in Ganges river with modern knowledge on hygiene. Or against the sentence of death on a woman about to be hanged for being raped
according to the Shariah. Or the continuing war of Christian creationism against evolution. Will you really acquiesce to them simply because they too believe in God like you do?
Yes I can tell you how to make an atomic bomb roughly, I learned it from a whim ages ago, though biochemistry or physics are not really my strong suit and I am not a scientist in the full meaning of the word. But I do not see how this would affect the fact that some people still believe that homosexuals and adulterers should be put to death because of their belief in God.
The belief in God is not a fatal intellectual flaw. The belief in rituals, dogma, and clergy is.