I don't think theists are stupid. I know some very smart people who are theists. I know some very smart people who have some very off beliefs (I have one friend who just made up a religion out of thin air that makes no sence at all. She is deeply devoted to this totally nonsensical religion). I even know one very intelegent young earth creationist.
While all these people are very smart, I find it hard to think that their beliefs are anything but silly ideas that have nothing to do with the universe around us and how it actually works.
My knee-jerk reaction is, "yes." Well, more like, "YES!" However, I've met some very intelligent people who happen to be religious, which then... confuses me, honestly. I don't know why it is so obvious to some that science, anthropology, historical accuracy, mathematics, etc. have discredited and disproved many a holy book, rendering them useless, even destructive, drivel, and yet others hold those same books near and dear and worthy of literal worship. Not to mention a clinging belief in some sort of deity, which also seems like it would appear to be illogical to most folk. How does this happen? I can only accredit it to a special kind of blind stupid, I guess. Or very willful hopefulness, because who doesn't want to be "loved" no matter what and have a comfy afterlife to retire to even if this life doesn't go as well as planned?
No. Religious like Ideas are a part of our brains make up, It help us evolve when we were a young species. It let us imagination a world beyond our own and make sense of death, helped us cope with it and move on. It was the beginning of science, to help us curb our curious minds. like a fairytale we tell our children. Now that we are an older wiser species we need to move on - but these Ideas still linger and we want to hold on to them.
It will never go way, at least not for a long time. I think that our best hope is that people replace there religions with better philosophy's.
Stupid? No, not stupid. I WAS a believer, after all, and at the time I certainly THOUGHT I had good reason to believe what I believed. I wasn't being stupid. I was being perfectly rational; my logic was simply flawed. Unlike most, however, I eventually came to recognize and correct these flaws.
They are not stupid, merely deluded and "brainwashed" since childhood to believe a particular thing. It's VERY hard to let that go when it's been indoctrinated into you for your entire life. Even now as a die-hard atheist, I sometimes find myself second-guessing my own thoughts because of the little voice at the back of my mind warning me that God is listening to those thoughts. That little voice might not ever go away, I just know it's full of shit now.