“The bigotry of the nonbeliever is for me nearly as funny as the bigotry of the believer.”
— Albert Einstein 
Quotes from two atheists demonstrate an unattractive and arrogant elitism for which there is no credible reason. Guy P. Harrison said, “…atheism is not a conscious act of turning away from all gods. It is simply the final destination for those who think.” Ernest Hemingway concurred, “All thinking men are atheists.” Many similar quotes from so-called “new atheists,” echo these sentiments. Such statements are deluded, egocentric and, with all due respect, stupid. I define “stupid” as willful ignorance. I suppose we have all been stupid from time to time, but such statements qualify since they are made in spite of facts to the contrary.
Perhaps a teeny history lesson is needed here. Religious thinkers have existed in every age. Historically, they laid the foundations for today’s science and philosophy and founded nations. Can “thinkers” be “believers?” Below, I provide a list of such people who, in the opinion of most, are “thinkers.” For the sake of brevity, I have confined my list to the 20th and 21st Centuries. These are men and women who, though some may not believe in a “personal God” have acknowledged a “higher power.” To this power they attribute some role in the design and creation of the universe and the origin of life.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Wernher Von Braun
C. S. Lewis
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr.
G. K. Chesterton
William Lane Craig
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. But the question remains: were these men and women thinkers or not? Of course, a similar list could be compiled for atheist thinkers. But, then again, I would not be so blind and bold to say otherwise. It is estimated that 40% of working scientists are believers. Yes, they are a minority, but a large one. But here’s the pertinent query: can they do science without thinking? I think not.
Will this tiny article put a stop to such foolishness? Not if those who make such inane statements continue to ignore the facts. Ironic, isn’t it? Those who disparage theists for believing in God without evidence ignore ample, overwhelming evidence. Off the cuff, I can only think of five reasons for such statements:
- They can’t handle the inconvenient truth.
- They have invented their own exclusive standards and definitions for “thinkers.”
- They arbitrarily decide that theists can get lucky sometimes but can’t really think.
- They believe they have a corner on intelligence.
- They need to get out more.
Makes you think, doesn’t it?
 Goldman, Robert N., Einstein’s God—Albert Einstein’s Quest as a Scientist and as a Jew to Replace a Forsaken God (Joyce Aronson Inc.; Northvale, New Jersy; 1997).