How are such utterly ridiculous beliefs able to install themselves so successfully in the heads of so many smart, educated people?
Consider just how potent the mechanisms involved must be!
Surely we should all acknowledge religion has this extraordinary power, and, once we've properly acknowledged it, shouldn't every religious person then be asking themselves: "Isn't it entirely possible that I too believe some pretty nutty things, and that the reason I struggle to recognize that they are nutty is that these same mechanisms are operating on me?"
Or do you find this thought is one your mind seems strangely unwilling to entertain for very long?
POSTSCRIPT: I imagine many religious folk will respond: "But many atheists believe in the powers of psychics and astrologers to foretell the future, etc. Which is also ridiculous." Which is true. But does it undermine the moral I'm drawing above?