Clement of Alexandria was a 2nd-3rd Century theologian who spoke of the ease of converting the many uneducated “simple believers”of his day to Christianity. I do understand and sympathize with these early believers who needed something to believe in. These early believers who feared death and the forces of Nature. However, I have scant patience with those present day supernatural believers who live in an age of having knowledge the Big Bang. In the Twenty-First Century, and the profound amount of scientific information presently available concerning Nature and human nature, there is no longer an allowance for Clement’s “simple believers.” It is disconcerting to me, but if someone believes some of this supernatural foolishness, I can accept that is where that person is emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. However, I have little respect for their abstract reasoning skills. If a person believes in a circus of corpses rising from the dead, a virgin birth, devils, etc. it is difficult for me to have an intelligent conversation with that person. John Friel pointed out that, "some people believe that God is actually an old man with a long beard. Most people who believe that are around 4 years old, either chronologically or emotionally." (1993) This ineptitude demonstrates 3rd rate thinking and 3rd grade mentality. I view such silliness along the lines of the Easter Bunny, Halloween ghosts and goblins, Santa Claus, and Ronald McDonald. I evaluate such foolishness as being equivalent to the fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Mother Goose, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio.
Current allegiance to senseless beliefs and values surely demonstrates a childhood indoctrination that has chained a person to concrete thinking. Supernatural appeal is the product of man-made religions implanting beliefs into the impressionable young. Adult supernatural appeal is aimed at the simple-minded, lazy-minded, and those having an anti-intellectual refusal to think for themselves. Once implanted there is a proliferation of such beliefs. That is, supernatural beliefs beget supernatural beliefs ---> silliness begets silliness. More reasonable beings would not be so susceptible to such unnatural absurdities. If a person desires taking a journey to self-evolve emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually that person must evaluate and challenge their current beliefs. However, the trouble is once such beliefs have been cemented into the human brain, few will contest such absolutes. I say enough is enough! Rationally minded people of good will must stand-up to man-made religions that have done so much damage to the human world. With an amplified voice this destructive madness must be denounced. Yet, I fear for the vast majority of insecure, paranoid, and lonely humans, the hoax and bad joke of supernaturalism will continue. It will continue until our brain has had a chance to neuro-anatomically reconfigure itself through evolution, and can redevelop itself to the extent where we no longer fear death or the forces of Nature.
The only simple believers that they convert to Christianity in the 21st century are those with a pathetic education like over 50% of Americans or those with a good education but lack the intelligence to understand it and the rational consequences of their education.
So they either have a poor knowledge of reality or have no Rational Intelligence (RQ).
Or they have a severe case of both problems like Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson.