So? Do you assert that all the beliefs of an intelligent man can't be ignorant?
Not at all. But I do think there is a distinction between willful ignorance (that is, a refusal to examine beliefs) and accepting and even cultivating cognitive dissonance. The person I am describing -- I don't think he expects to be assigned to heaven or hell based on some accounting of his moral turpitude and acceptance of Christ as savior. Rather, I think that he finds that scientific explanations ultimately leave a certain emotional and intellectual void that he fills by looking back to his cultural heritage. He turns to his religion the way I turn to music -- to tame the beast. And I have to say that his reflections help inform a life that I think is very well-lived: he is eager to help those he can, lives extremely modestly, donates both money and time to those who need it. I do not think his active use (not acceptance) of certain parts of the Christian metaphor (not doctrine) qualifies as ignorance. Significantly, though, in my couple of long conversations with this guy, I've never seen any indication that he rejects good scientific evidenence in favor of Christian dogma.
Doesn't change my general feeling about organized religion in general, which does
use ignorance as a tool for social control.