Yes, that's OK (partly) . . .
it is the wisdom special to atheism, of the sort that Christianity overlooks, that scarcely or never reaches the brains of the bible thumpers and door knockers.
By the way, any "wisdom in popular Christianity" that "isn't always right" (as you put it) is not wisdom.
Well, I question whether you can be wise and not be a rational thinker. As for intelligence, atheists have the edge over religionists:
Atheist wisdom is rationality, vs. irrational, and therefore unwise, beliefs.
"39 studies since 1927 (out of 43) have found that the more educated a person is, and the higher one's intelligence, the less likely someone is to hold religious beliefs."
I'm just saying.
Dr. Meaden said "...there is no wisdom in theist beliefs because they are just beliefs." He did not imply, "...that wisdom is then in deficit in every other aspect of a Theists life as well."
Although, again, I seriously question whether one can be wise and not be a rational thinker. However, I also doubt that all atheists are wise. Rational thinking can only confer so much.
Exactly. They're not wholly intelligent because they set aside the intellect in order to live up to an illogical faith's decree.
However, I agree that atheists are not apt to be wiser in everything they do. Dr. Meaden's statement "...that everything we stand for can be supported by rational inquiry..." is too sweeping. I know an atheist who believes in the soul. The sense that I come away from his statement with is that rational inquiry trumps belief. He may have made the point rather over the top. I think he would have been more correct in saying everything I stand for instead of we. All atheists are not of the caliber of Dr. Meaden. I think he was graciously including everyone.