The "I" word seems to be bandied about a lot on the Religion forum from all sides of the argument. Sometimes "ignorance" is used as a defence or for want of anything better to think of saying but that is not being constructive.
I would say that some atheists are ignorant yet all theists are ignorant.
Allow me to explain.
Many atheists are so because they are apathetic to or hold a grudge towards religion, perhaps because of a bad experience or religious followers hounding them. They could be said to be ignorant because they lack an informed opinion.
Atheists and theist-to-atheist converts who have done objective research and arrived at a balanced, informed conclusion could not be called ignorant.
All theists, however, could quite rightly be labelled as ignorant.
Some may be ignorant not by choice because they are raised in ignorance, particularly in fundamentalist religious regimes where religious subjects have little or no access to material that may be contrary to their enforced doctrines.
In free world countries, theists choose to be ignorant in order to protect the perceived sanctity of their belief. Nearly all religious institutions will discourage followers from exposure to any scientific or factual material that may contradict their belief.
It is interesting to note that, research has shown that theists tend to have lower IQs than more informed atheists for the very reason that they have, by choice, limited their learning experiences.
Not to say that this is a bad thing, some Christian denominations, for example, preach the virtues of "everything they need to know is in the Bible". If that is how they wish to spend their lives that is entirely their decision.
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