Statesboro, GA, USA
The problem with fundamentalism of all stripes is that it forgets a fundamental tenet: humility.
I guess you're more fundamentalist than you admit then Brad, since you are so insistent on humility as a cardinal virtue?
Your above observation is fair enough. But I would like to point out that we are in a time in which knowing anything beyond doubt, is considered arrogant. And yet, such critics seem to know at least this much beyond doubt: that you can't know anything for sure ... and share that certain knowledge with religious-like passion. We've seen it here, on these forums haven't we? I'll be the first to admit we've seen religious arrogance too, though I've never denied that true knowledge (and especially divine revelation) harbors a unique temptation to arrogance (though there are definite aspects of that Revelation which ought to dissuade it).
My point, like Jim's, is that haughtiness is a symptom of sinful human nature ... not of fundamentalism, or absolute knowledge. So ad hominem never gets us to the truth of the religious question either way. I'm certainly not going to sit here and argue that scientists are more arrogant than theologians.
I'm sure for Bertrand, as well as for any of us, this kind of argument was an alluring way to advance one's own position ... appealing to those who have been hurt in religious community and ready to embrace an argument because of its suitablity to nurse ill feelings.
I have no problems if you want to argue that in order for a theist to be a theist, doubt is integral to that role, but I don't see it.
You seem to be wrongly equating partial-knowledge with doubt. Does Divine Revelation need to be exhaustively understood before it is to be accepted? Nothing in Life works that way. And religion adds an element of personal authority ... where things certainly don't work that way. It's not that authoritative statements can't be personally confirmed by observation, or expanded upon by knowledge.
You'll simply always have this tension to deal with, wherever this is a mind and a heart. But the tension doesn't rule out revelation any more than it rules out science. Blaise Pascal once wrote that "The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing." Though that statement can be misconstrued to mean that faith is unreasonable, I feel like it best conveys the necessity of something more than reason, not less.