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 Post subject: God of the Gaps and Devil of the Gaps
PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:08 am 
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Some of us are familiar with the phenomenon of the "God of the Gaps"--that is, unexplained things are assigned to the mysteries of theology. "God" is given as an answer but not actually an explanation. Yet it provides satisfaction to many.

Aside from theology, in the "world" there is the "Devil of the Gaps"--the conspiracy theory. Something weird going on? It's the x, y or z bunch. It's Soros. It's the Kochs. It's ISIS. It's the Neonazis. MS13. Russians. Commies. Jews. The Satan believers could propose that Satan is ultimately behind it, of course, as a fallback position when busted by an evidence seeker, but the important thing is a binary blame game aimed at the reptile brain. Narrative, narrative, narrative--factoids and "truths" as garnish. :wink:

"I'm threatened and terrified by the tendency of people to abandon themselves to the mystical when for centuries those tendencies did nothing but tighten the rack and hurl the stones." --Gemli

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