Recommended Read in the Religion News Service: Why Do American Evangelicals Fall For Conspiracy Theories?

At the Religion News Service D.L. Mayfield writes about how American Evangelicals fall for conspiracy theories. This is a brief post recommending this essay. 

“Insecure people often falsify the past, in order to make the future pure.”

Shannon Adler

A false witness will not go unpunished,  and whoever pours out lies will perish.

Proverbs 19:9 NIV

Recently at the Religion News Service D.L. Mayfield wrote about how evangelicals are falling for conspiracy theories. He discusses what it is like to grow up in the evangelical bubble and entertaining and being involved with conspiracy  theories. This is a good read that looks at a major problem with evangelicalism. You can read the article in, “Why American evangelicals are so tempted by the easy assurance of conspiracy theories.” 

3 thoughts on “Recommended Read in the Religion News Service: Why Do American Evangelicals Fall For Conspiracy Theories?

  1. There has been a lot of interesting research into conspiracy theories and why people believe them. I do think tribal affiliation has some input. I don’t know if evangelicals are more or less prone than others. Some people still think that Trump colluded with Russia.

    I’ve heard that conspiracy theories are abundant in the Arab world. In their defense, political leaders in Arab countries do conspire against their people a lot.

    And of course, there is the whole global warming thing, where each side thinks the other believes a conspiracy theory.

    I have a friend who enjoys the anti-flat-earth community. We’ve used flat earthers as a teaching tool in our household, because the temptation is strong to behave towards them as atheists behave towards us.

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  2. Why do American Evangelicals believe in Conspiracy Theories?

    Because American Evangelicals are easy marks, especially when “fluffed” with the proper Christianese buzzwords.

    More seriously, Christianese Conspiracy Crackheads have been around for a LONG time. It was rampant during my time in-country in the Seventies, centered around End Time Prophecy and Pin-the-Tail-on-The-Antichrist (DON’T TAKE THE MARK!!!!!). Just last week on Coast to Coast AM (my late-night Weirdness fix), I heard the exact same (whispered) TRVTH! I heard back then, just updated to Bill Gates/George Soros’ RFID-chipped COVID-19 vaccine (Project 666) from the IBM 3666 point-of-sale barcode scanner. (And when they went open phones, the first call-in was “Would you choose martyrdom over Taking the Chip?”)

    Here’s my classic go-to online essay on the subject:
    http://www.acts17-11.com/conspire.html
    Note that I found it THREE PAGES IN when I searched on the title “christians and conspiracy theories”. i.e Over twenty hits BEFORE it, all on the exact same subject.

    P.S. Noticed the Comet Ping-Pong pic up top.

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