Fugitives from Fundamentalism

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More God of the Gaps?

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on January 8, 2011

Bill O’Reilly’s recent proof for the existence of God — that God must exist because the tides come in and go out — initially struck me as an example of the God of the Gaps argument. The only problem is that science has been able to explain the relationship between the tides and the Moon and Sun since Isaac Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematicain in 1687. So O’Reilly appears to have used a sub-category of the God of the Gaps argument. Now, Christians like O’Reilly don’t need to appeal to a gap in overall human knowledge, they can simply appeal to what they are ignorant of. Click on the link below to see Colbert’s hilarious mockery of Bill’s stupidity.

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4 Responses to “More God of the Gaps?”

  1. Paulo said

    I liked this part:

    … like all great theologies, Bill’s can be boiled down to one sentence: “There must be a God, because I don’t know how things work.”

    Hilarious! Colbert meant it to be funny, of course, but he hit the nail on the head.

  2. JN said

    I guess God is a local phenomena, limited to planets with large bodies of water. O’Reilly isn’t a Mormon like Glenn Beck, is he?

  3. Noraa said

    This made me want to look up the whole interview. Silverman actually did a really bad job of debating O’Reilly. For one, he also said he didn’t know why the tide goes in and out, then misses other seemingly obvious arguments like why people fall for the “scam”. He missed some really good chances to tear O’Reilly a new one.

  4. dsc01 said

    Colbert is a master satirist. When he pulled out the bell and started proclaiming, “All hail, Luna!” it was just hilarious.

    Of course, nothing beats, “There must be a God because I don’t know how things work.”

    I really wonder why Silverman failed to explain how tides work. I thought it was pretty common knowledge. Maybe being faced with such unspeakable, unfounded smugness as that which is constantly radiated by O’Reilly just makes it hard to put together a thought that doesn’t involve punching him in his douchebag face.

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