Stephen Tobolowsky on Conspiracy Theories (with some additional thoughts of my own)
In Episode 40, "The Man in the Closet," Tobolowsky considers conspiracy theories (in distinction from science, art, and religion); he observes:
Conspiracy theories aren't so interested in finding the light; they take another approach: they jump into oblivion with both feet, shouting, "Hey, the dark isn't so bad after all! Follow me! Last one in is probably one of THEM"... Conspiracies can disguise themselves as science or as history, but you can always spot them because their goal is never to reveal the truth but only to reveal a villain; once you name a villain, then you create the need for a hero, which usually turns out to be the person telling you about the conspiracy in the first place.I think Tobolowsky makes some good points about conspiracy theories. I also think that-- because we do believe in a villain who is ultimately behind at least a great deal of the evil in the world-- Christians can be more susceptible than most people to falling for a conspiracy theory type of mindset. But I would like to point out that Christians must consistently distinguish ourselves from conspiracy theorists in at least two related ways:
1) We must not be content with naming villains, but must focus on knowing and proclaiming the Light: specifically, the true Light, Jesus Christ (John 8:12);
2) We must be humbly and consistently clear that we are not the "heroes" of the story; rather, the Lord Jesus is the hero. Ultimately, we are all just "character actors."
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