Have you ever noticed that the more passionate someone is about something , the dumber they become? They love that thing so much that all rational thought seems to dissipate. For example, I love arguing with young couples who make statements like “Sally is the most beautiful woman in the world. I could never look at another woman.” My wife gets more and more beautiful every day to me and I love her with everything I am. But I’m not naive enough to say there are no other beautiful women. I’m no David Beckham and my wife is no Angelina Jolie. It’s like saying “The Mona Lisa is the most perfect painting and all others are garbage”.
And it seems that Religion does the same thing to people. They convert to a system of beliefs and all of a sudden all other logical, open-minded thought towards anything else disappears. Now the truly funny thing is that you’re probably sitting there right now saying “I know. Those dumb (liberals, conservatives, atheists, Christians, etc.) should really read this.” And that is the perfect example of what I’m saying. You’ve committed to a system of beliefs and now have all the answers you will ever need. Everyone else has it wrong.
The more sure we are of something, the more closed off we become to other opinions. When people do that, they inherently limit themselves from additional information that could enlighten them. People stop asking questions related to their personal growth, and settle into asking questions related to other people. Instead of “Why do I believe this?” they ask “Why don’t you believe this?” Instead of “How does this effect my theories?” they ask “How does this help me change other people’s theories?”
Jesus himself asked 173 questions, but only answered 109. His life was spent trying to show others the fallacy of convinced ideologies. He himself was killed because he didn’t fit the model of what the religious leaders had convinced themselves the Messiah should be. He called them “Blind Guides” (Matt 23:24).
Many people come to religion because they are seeking truth and seeking answers. Yet, once they find religion they quit asking questions. When you stop asking questions, you stop gaining knowledge. And when you stop gaining you knowledge, you just get dumb.