Elitism, Religion

Hmm. I've been accused of being "elitist" yet again. It comes up in anonymous mudslinging every once in awhile. I wonder if I should start thinking about what it is on this site that makes me come across that way. Each time it happens, it's accompanied with near incomprehensible ramblings (this time, it almost isn't English). It usually makes me feel bad for a few minutes, and then I get over it. Each time, I feel bad for a shorter time. I guess eventually, I'll be immune? :)

Enjelani posted on her site today about a KQED presentation on religion:

I've never been religious, but I've tried mightily to understand people who are, mostly without success. I can understand the sublime comfort one can find in ritual, the power in a daily affirmation of faith, the value in striving to be constantly aware of what life is about. That's all marvelous stuff; sometimes I wish I'd be raised to practice these things. But I could never get past taking ancient documents for absolute truth, or as a set of rules to follow literally regardless of social or historical context. The absolute truth part doesn't work, because so much of religious doctrine has been thoroughly disproven by science, and the set-of-rules part reeks suspiciously of surrogate parenting. If God is just someone who can tell me what to do so I don't have to think about it myself, someone I can beg for help and whose skirts I can hide behind, just a big strong guy to have on my team so I can beat the other team, then I think it's nobler to try and live without God. Still, I know many people much more intelligent and courageous than I who have chosen faith over this kind of cold logic, so there must be something to it that I'm not getting.

It's interesting. "...there must be something to it that I'm not getting." I often think that. I've read articles about the demographic statistics of devout religious people that state that in general, religion falls off as education increases (I'm not sure what metric they use for "education"), except for a sharp spike in people at the top, whom are considered the most educated (the article stated high incidence of religion among brilliant minds of the past). In fact, an old high school friend whose brilliance I have yet to see surpassed turned to the ministry briefly after studying physics at Princeton. There must be something I'm missing.