[lbo-talk] hydraulic relation between government and god

Jeffrey Fisher jeff.jfisher at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 14:51:50 PDT 2011

specifically, God as controlling (rather than simply as a bestower of meaning). Should be decent fodder for this list?


One of the more predictable outcomes of a government shutdown<http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=us-science-agencies-brace>—in fact, the hyperbolic chatter alone regarding the uncertainties of such a major disruption is enough to do the trick—is that there will be a noticeable surge in the nation’s religious beliefs. According to Duke University psychologistAaron Kay<http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/faculty_research/faculty_directory/kay/> and his colleagues, God and government are more than just two sides of the same US-issued coin. In fact, they share a common cognitive denominator. For most people, both God and government function alongside one another to provide us, unthinkingly so, with a supportive sense of external control.

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