Not PC has a theory on why conspiracy theories are so attractive.
Both conspiracy “theories” and real theories purport to explain things, says Lester, but the chief difference psychologically between them — given that the chief difference in reality is that conspiracy theories are patent nonsense — is that “real theories mean work. It takes work to understand them. They are abstract, difficult.
I feel a post of my own on the topic coming up…
My own view would be that people have let their hatred of the Bush administration get in the way.
Ian Wishart explains.
I’m constantly amazed by the number of people who aren’t church members who think they have an absolute right to tell the Presbyterian Church what they believe in.
Unfortunately, the church is a club, a private club. Private clubs are, within limits, ruled by their members. They have an absolute right to restrict members to whoever they want and indeed set any rules they want.
In the case of the Church, there’s an unalterable rule book, and that rule book sets it out clearly.
Updated: Not PC makes the same point, only from a, er, different angle.