Well I didn’t know what to call it exactly but I’m guessing I’m not the only catholic to come across this?
I have certain “colleagues” that very subtly yet purposely bring up these disguised attacks in what I can only best describe as a false intellectual superiority image?
So let me paraphrase what I’ve heard (and what I’m guessing others have run across); The basic premise is that religion is for the “lower” thinking segment of the population. Somehow these intellectuals have reached a level of thinking that allows them to see things way above everyone else. Religion is ok but essentially all religions are the same more or less and all profess to be “the truth” but those that have reached this higher level of thinking can see this more clearly than others stuck in the primitive “zealot” way of thinking. A big part of what I hear is implied but it suggests that the unintelligent and uneducated are the ones “stuck” in religious beliefs. Similarly it is implied that many people (Christians…but whatever religion) grew up in a religious background and thus don’t know anything else? That such people never look beyond their upbringing or background and thus can only profess that which is what they know from their comfort zone of experience. Like their upbringing and the way they were raised has put shackles on really thinking freely? For example, being raised a Catholic (Christian…or again any religion) has been a limiting factor and prevented one from looking at the world and seeing things as they really are?
Sorry I struggle expressing things in words but I guess the basic premise of what these people believe (at least as best as I can express) is that they believe they have reached some kind of upper level of thinking above the “masses” where they see religions as all essentially the same and something left for the simple minded who haven’t reached their level of intellectualism?
Anyone run against this kind of criticism or talk?