I just read this article by Bruce Schneier and he made two points about conspiracy theories
1. They seem to be cause because people want to believe that big
results must have big causes. So the human eye could not just be made
by "chance mutations"
2. Once people accept them all evidence is used to confirm them.
Contrary evidence is ignored or used to show how some grand conspiracy
is covering up the truth. So evidence that atheists commit less crime
becomes part of a scientific and media attempt to destroy theism and
So does theism follow any other patterns of conspiracy's or am I
overstretching an analogy?