Anti-evolutionist and friend of the blog David Klinghoffer has another gem this morning, coming up with a theory to explain why a Chinese friend of his converted to Judaism:
[Maybe] God imprints a certain kind of religious preference, one of numerous possible imprints, on each person.
This theory has a number of virtues. For instance, it’s non-falsifiable. And also it allows Klinghoffer to take shots at the god gene theory, which casts doubt on his twin dogmas of “god is true” and “evolution is false.”
However, off the top of my head I can come up with a number of alternative, non-supernatural explanations for his friend’s conversion:
- Attracted by Jewish love of Chinese food
- Shared history of interest in Communism
- Asian obsession with Woody Allen
- Want to get into movie industry but creeped out by Scientologists
I know what you’re thinking: none of these theories explain Klinghoffer’s second stylized fact, which is that Marvin Olasky converted from Judaism to Atheism to Christianity. I guess maybe Klinghoffer’s theory that god “imprinted” Olasky with a preference to be atheist for a while could explain this. But why would god do such micro-meddling?
Maybe God makes us this way to keep humanity safely divided into discrete peoples and nations. The Tower of Babel story, which comes shortly after, shows the danger of a world state with a world-spanning ideology. We would abuse its power, tyrannizing each other.