Qanon, Chaos, and the Cross: Christianity and Conspiracy Theories (Paperback)

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By Michael W. Austin (Editor), Gregory L. Bock (Editor)
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"What is truth?" said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.
--Francis Bacon

Although Christians are followers of the Truth, many find themselves tempted by the alternate "truths" offered by conspiracy theories. Christianity and conspiracy theories have had a long, complicated relationship. But today conspiracy theories are bringing our already polarized society to the brink of chaos. QAnon, the Big Lie, and anti-vaccination theories thrive online, disrupting faith communities. This timely essay collection explores the allure of conspiracy theories and their consequences--and ultimately offers gospel-based paths forward.

Accessible to all concerned believers, QAnon, Chaos, and the Cross features scholars of religion, ethics, and public life on the following topics:
- evaluating evidence and forming beliefs
- the Satanic Panic of the 1960s-1990s
- understanding scientific methodology
- conspiracy theories' appeal to those searching for meaning
- the consequences of social media and echo chambers
- productive dialog with people who hold different opinions
- intellectualism in the life of faith
- conspiracy theories in Scripture
- QAnon's religious rhetoric

Complete with a guide to reasoning, which outlines both logical fallacies and intellectual virtues, QAnon, Chaos, and the Cross is an indispensable resource for all Christians seeking the truth.


Chase Andre, Michael W. Austin, Bradley Baurain, Daniel Bennett, Gregory L. Bock, Chad Bogosian, Kevin Carnahan, Jason Cook, Scott Culpepper, Stephen Davis, Garrett J. DeWeese, Marlena Graves, Shawn Graves, David Horner, Dru Johnson, Nathan King, Rick Langer, Christian Miller, Timothy Muehlhoff, Michelle Lynn Panchuk, Susan Peppers-Bates, Steven Porter, Kaitlyn Schiess, Aaron Simmons, Domonique Turnipseed, Rachel I. Wightman, Keith Wyma, Eric Yang

About the Author

Michael W. Austin is Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University and Bonhoeffer Senior Fellow of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership of Hebrew College. He has published twelve books, including Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Eerdmans, 2012), Humility and Human Flourishing (Oxford University Press, 2018), and his latest, God and Guns in America (Eerdmans, 2020). Gregory L. Bock is assistant professor of philosophy and religion and program director for the philosophy, religion studies, and Asian studies at the University of Texas at Tyler. He also serves as director for UT Tyler's Center for Ethics. He is editor of volumes 3 and 4 of The Philosophy of Forgiveness (Vernon, 2018, 2019) and coeditor of Righteous Indignation: Christian Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Anger (Fortress, 2021).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802882653
ISBN-10: 080288265X
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 300
Language: English