"The Son of God died: it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd. He rose again: it is certain, because it is impossible." --Tertullian
"To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black, if the Hierarchical Church so decides it...." --Ignatius of Loyola
Does religious belief lead to intellectual atrophy or does the latter lead to the former? Or does emotional attachment to irrational beliefs lead to the co-option of reason, imagination, creativity in the rationalization of such untenable, insane ideas?