Peter Smith

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Theories of Causation

Since the Enlightenment, secular theories of causation have predominated amongst educated Europeans. Religious theories continue, of course, as with this example of a local British politician who argued that the recent floods in Britain were an example of divine punishment for wrong-doing — in this case the government’s acceptance of gay marriage. I think such views are comparatively rare in modern Britain (or only expressed away from the mainstream media) but they are far more common in contemporary America and Iran where religious viewpoints are more prominent. It would be useful to compile a set of modern examples.

For the BBC account see: UKIP suspends councillor who blamed flooding on gay marriage: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25802437

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This entry was posted on January 21, 2014 by in History of Ideas, Uncategorized and tagged , .
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