Belief in God, says a new Harris Poll, is down in America, and the godless are crowing about it. They have less to say (as in zero) about an increased belief in pseudo-science and superstition that Harris also turned up. Yet the positive correlation of disbelief in God and belief in utter claptrap is well documented. –The Christians
Or, to put it more succinctly: Sin makes you stupid.
Sin, by definition, is a denial of reality as it exists.
God, in his nature, created people to love one another, rather than murder one another. In murdering someone, you are denying fundamental realities of the universe (the image of God, in essence), and therefore you are stupid. Can we bear this out in real life? Are most murderers less intelligent than the general population? I think we can safely say they are (murder mysteries are the only realm inhabited by intelligent, suave murderers).
God, in the Scriptures, says that people are fundamentally evil. Look around the world and tell me: which societies, and which social structures, are actually the most successful at producing the most good for the world?
Is it communism, which assumes man can be molded to fit what the “wise men,” believe to be good? Stalin, Mao, Che, and Castro are proof positive that communism kills people, and destroys more than it builds.
Is it socialism, which assumes men are fundamentally good? Modern Europe, and largely modern America, are proof positive that socialism destroys more than it builds.
Is it Islam, which believes man has simply forgotten how to worship Allah, and must be coerced into doing so? Look across the destruction that is the Middle East, and tell me how you can believe Islam is able to order a society that is just.
So which religions have actually built successful social structures where people from every religion are accepted (including those of no religion), have supported the investigation and discovery of many things, and are based in the rule of law? Which religions have been at the fountainhead of every society where hospitals and schools are built, children are treated with importance and care, and women are treated as real people, rather than objects to be used?
Judaism and Christianity.
“Oh, but we know those two religions are actually oppressive of women and minorities, of strangers and…” You get your own opinions, but you don’t get your own facts. It isn’t Christians who are calling for ever more lewd public behavior which treats women as sex objects. It isn’t Christians who are calling for massive surveillance in the name of “nudging” people to “do the right thing.”
No, to the contrary, Christianity and Judaism believe in the essential evil nature of man, and therefore in the importance of the rule of law, because no man (or men) can be trusted with the reigns of power absolutely. Christianity and Judaism believe in the essential dignity of man, created in the image of God, to the point that no-one man be coerced into doing that which is bad for them, or even what is good for them, beyond the level needed to make a society function.
Given the pragmatic evidence of history, then, Christianity and Judaism are closer to the truth than any other worldview or system — because they actually work in the real world.
It’s not so much that the founders of America were smarter than anyone else. It’s just that they weren’t stupid. They accepted the reality of the world as God made it, and hence, built a system around what God said was true. In accepting reality, they were wise, just as we are stupid in rejecting it.