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Atheists Are Intellectual Snobs

It’s true, as an atheist I happen to think reason is better than faith, knowledge is better than ignorance, and evidence is better than assertions. I, like most atheists, am in intellectual snob… and proud of it.

And why shouldn’t I be? Why would anyone take pride in not being intellectual? I look down on ignorant people. I think ignorant people should strive to educate themselves. While I understand some people who just don’t have the intellectual capacity to be intellectual, they are the rare exception here. I don’t have a problem with them because they often struggle to learn. They often desire to better themselves mentally, but have a physiological deficiency impeding them.

I am really focusing my snobbishness on those who have the mental capacity, but choose ignorance instead. You know the people I am talking about; they are the people who always fall back on faith instead of reason. They ask stupid questions which we have all heard before and that they think are original and intellectual.

Oh, you want some examples? If humans are descended from apes, why are there still apes? Without God, how do you know right from wrong? You know the rest.

So yeah, I’m and intellectual snob and you should be too. Let me teach you how. Lesson one, Learn stuff. Lesson two, think critically. Lesson three, laugh at and mock ignorant fucks who skipped lessons one and two.

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  • Dlevitt0508

    Can’t do #3 although it sounds tempting, I’d be laughing all the way to my grave and my cheek and jaw muscles would get tremendously sore. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • http://www.atheistrev.com vjack

    There is a considerable difference between thinking reason is superior to faith and looking down on religious people. When people talk of atheist snobbery, they usually seem to be referring to latter. While I agree completely that one should take pride in one’s intellectual prowess and ability to use reason effectively, I’m not sure that must translate into looking down on others.

    When I find myself looking down on believers, I try to remember that I was once one of them and that most of the people with whom I interact daily are still among their ranks. I’m not nearly narcissistic enough to be able to look down on everyone. I also remember that I am still ignorant about a great many things.

    What really gets to me isn’t so much the ignorance itself but the pride many people seem to take in their ignorance. That is something I find it nearly impossible to relate to, and those are the sorts on which I continue to look down.

    • dangeroustalk

      I’m not talking about atheist snobbery, but rather intellectual snobbery. I totally agree with you that atheists shouldn’t look down on religious believers necessarily, but we should look down on those religious believers who take pride in their ignorance.