I will never understand why people defend the delusional. In a recent religious debate, I threw out some offhanded comment about people holding delusional beliefs and was immediately attacked by someone claiming I was smug, because I clearly thought everyone but me was delusional. Nope. Here’s the definition of the word:
A delusion is a belief that is held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.
And whether they like it or not, that definition fits a lot of religious people, especially those people who are so entirely self-assured that they have to be right, even if every shred of evidence available proves them wrong.
Besides, I never said everyone but me is delusional. I never said anything of the sort. This is just the kind of anti-intellectual nonsense behind a lot of people’s emotional support of religion. The second anyone disagrees with religion, there’s something wrong with the person disagreeing, not the person believing absurd things. Sorry, I beg to differ.
There is something wrong with anyone who believes things for irrational reasons. I don’t care what it is that they believe, I don’t care how good it makes them feel to believe it, there is something wrong with them. They are failing to use that big mammalian brain that they evolved with and refusing to take advantage of the intellect that you have is simply criminal. But these people don’t care.
It also doesn’t matter how many people believe stupid things. The idea that there are more idiot theists than there are rational people and somehow, that makes stupidity acceptable is absurd. Argumentum ad populum is a fallacy for a reason. Believing things without evidence is believing things without evidence no matter how many people do it. At the end of the day, these people just want to defend what they do, whether there is a good reason to do what they do or not. It’s all emotional, not intellectual. In fact, it’s almost entirely anti-intellectual. Why people think that’s acceptable is beyond me.