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QAnon, Chaos, and the Cross
Christianity and Conspiracy Theories

PAPERBACK; Published: 5/23/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-8265-3
Price: $ 24.99
300 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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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.

Table of Contents

Concerns about Conspiracy Theories for Christians, by Michael W. Austin and Gregory L. Bock
          1. Jesus as the Truth, by Stephen T. Davis and Eric T. Yang
          2. Is It Always Wrong to Believe a Conspiracy Theory?, by Chad Bogosian 
          3. The Cost of Debunking Conspiracy Theories, by Scott Culpepper 
          4. Can We Trust Science?, by Garrett J. DeWeese 
          5. Conspiracy Theories and Meaning in Life, by Shawn Graves and Marlena Graves
          6. The Lost Christian Virtue of Reasonableness, by David A. Horner 
          7. A Failure of Humble Proportions, by Michael W. Austin 
          8. Getting Angry, by Gregory L. Bock 
          9. It’s Much Worse than You Think, by J. Aaron Simmons and Kevin Carnahan  
          10. All Christians Are Conspiracy Theorists, by Christian B. Miller 
          11. Christianity, Conspiracy Theories, and Intellectual Character, by Nathan L. King and Keith D. Wyma 
          12. How Shall We Then Think? Biblical Insights on Conspiracy, by Dru Johnson 
          13. Faith, Reason, and Conspiracy Theories, by Domonique Turnipseed 
          14. The Greatest Conspiracy Ever, by Susan Peppers-Bates 
          15. Testing Teachings and Torching Teachers, by Rick Langer 
          16. Word Spoken at the Proper Time, by Tim Muehlhoff 
          17. Following Christ into Controversy, by Jason Cook 
          18. The Religious Rhetoric of QAnon, by Chase Andre 
          19. Loving Our Online Communities, by Rachel I. Wightman 
          20. Conspiracy Theories, Political Trust, and Christian Witness, by Daniel Bennett 
          21. A City Divided, by Kaitlyn Schiess 
          22. They Are Coming for the Children, by Michelle Panchuk 
          23. Parenting Teenagers in Gullible Times, by Bradley Baurain 
          24. Jesus Was Also Conspired Against, Yet He Was without Sin, by Steven L. Porter 
Appendix: Careful Reasoning Guide 
List of Contributors


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

Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating, timely outing.”
“This is a long overdue book for Christians around the world. It should be widely read, studied, and preached from the pulpit. I have been frustrated that the media has largely made the disinformation worse. We need more clear-headed scholars to be heard. Faith and not coercion is a believer’s walk. Humility and integrity are vital. Love and Truth are the paths forward.” 
—Steve Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump and Combatting Cult Mind Control   
“Christians believe in the literal embodiment of truth, Jesus Christ. We also confess the One who is Truth to be the creator and sustainer of all things, including the human faculty of reason. Editors Michael Austin and Gregory Bock have assembled an outstanding collection of essayists who help us use these epistemological anchors and others to recenter our faith, worldview, and interpretation of reality. During a time of competing fantasies and deceptive and destructive conspiracy theories that play on our hearts and minds, this book is a gift to the people of God. Individuals, churches, schools, and denominational bodies will find QAnon, Chaos, and the Cross an effective tool to protect themselves and their communities from falling prey to a real and present danger while deepening their relationship to what is ultimately and consummately true and good.” 
—Rob Schenck, president of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute 
“This collection of essays, largely from evangelical Christian scholars, offers a generous and substantive engagement with the problem of conservative Christian susceptibility to conspiracy theories. Most essays appear to be written by authors who live within contexts in which conspiracy theories such as QAnon have been fairly widely embraced. Thus, the book is interesting both for the virulent conspiracy thinking that it addresses and for the rhetorical and reasoning strategies now being attempted by scholars within such contexts.” 
—David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University