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brc2000
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06:33:56 AM Feb 1st 2012
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katachu
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09:08:15 AM Mar 10th 2011
In an episode of Doctor Who, Donna is skeptical about a murder mystery revolving around Agatha Christie. She states, "A murder mystery involving Agatha Christie is like Charles Dickens being surrounded by ghosts" (Which happened in an earlier episode)
TheUrbanPrince
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08:11:35 PM Dec 27th 2010
one question..how can we have a skeptic in a sci-fi/horror/fantasy story and avoid both this trope and Arbitrary Skepticism?....serious question?
AbraSliver
07:07:30 PM Aug 18th 2011
If Jesus Then Aliens is the situation you describe. In a world of magic, Jesus could simply have been a wizard. So one who doesn't believe that Jesus existed (despite being seen) would be Arbitrary Skepticism. But the skepticism towards him being the son of God would not be arbitrary because (as I said) Jesus could have been a wizard.

Does that make sense?
brc2000
06:40:35 AM Feb 1st 2012
Or in a similar vein, you could have a world where magic is real, but have certain characters doubt that there are gods. The priests claiming to use divine powers sent from the gods may only be using a different form of magic.

Or have a world with "gods", but have your character doubt their actual divinity (maybe they're just very advanced extraterrestrials).
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