Catching up on feeds this morning, I found John Wilkins making against Christians my point about how idiots believe:
Christians, who have an extensive body of traditional dogma which they like to reassure themselves is true and consistent, like to think also that everybody has something like this. Religions are “rationally reconstructed” as sets of dogma by the Christian tradition (e.g., when doing anthropology by missionary) when in fact there is no dogma at all, just stories, rituals, and ways of life.
But you can — you should — swap in “atheist” for “Christian” in that quote and it would stay just as true. The kind of Christian who has an extensive body of traditional dogma, supposed to be both true and coherent, is rare as well as mistaken. Perhaps I hang out with Anglicans too much, but the people who are sure that their religious system is closed and entirely intellectually satisfactory, in the sense that there are no valid questions that can be asked outside it, and answers inside it to all valid questions, aren’t regarded as ideal Christians by their peers.