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When atheists accuse theists of creating a "God of the Gaps," they are accusing them of offering God as an explanation for what we cannot currently explain by the enterprise of science.Source: Thereforegodexists.com Introduction What is "God of the Gaps"? If you have been in a science class in high school or in college, you probably heard a science teacher stand up and say something like the following:
In the past men were superstitious; they believed that the gods caused things to happen. Among the Nordic gods, Thor rode his chariot across the clouds and that’s what caused thunder. Zeus hurled thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus. These ancient peoples exercised a “god-of-the-gaps” approach to thinking. No matter what happened, their god caused it. If a person got the plague, their god caused it; if they were healed from their plague, their god caused that too. If the plague never came, they were spared by their god. The answer for why things happen or don’t happen is that their god did it. As science makes more discoveries, the need for God becomes irrelevant. However, religious people still plug the holes in our knowledge with these ignorant statements.
Have you ever heard comments like those above? According to some atheists, religious people offer "God" as a plug to fill the gap of ignorance when a naturalistic explanation is not forthcoming. Atheists say that offering God in this fashion is to offer a "God of the Gaps" (There are other ways in which the expression "God of the Gaps" is used and you can read about those here). Atheists have created a variation of the “God of the Gaps” to attack the theistic explanation of causation. According to science lecturer Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the God of the Gaps is a God that is an "ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance." Below I give several reasons why we should reject this attack.
Evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, has been a modern popularizer of using "God of the Gaps" in an attempt to advance his views on atheism.Source: Wikipedia What's Good for the Goose When atheists attack theistic modes of explanations, using the pejorative "God of the Gaps,"