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Surrounded by army cadets, U.S. President Donald Trump watches the first half of the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy in New York City on Dec. 12, 2020. (Shutterstock)

From biblical times to Trump, false messiahs have doomed societies

The messianic language used in relationship to Donald Trump and QAnon conspiracy theories have their roots in Christian expectations of messianic deliverance.
QAnon, which fans the flames of wild and dangerous conspiracy theories, is being incorporated into some fringe religious movements. Photo Illustration/The Conversation

The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement?

The QAnon movement that’s based on conspiracy theories is now being used by some charismatic Christians as a way to interpret the Bible. It’s a dangerous mix of religion and false information.
A man holding a Q sign, a reference to a conspiracy theory group, waits to enter a campaign rally with President Trump, Aug. 2, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. AP/Matt Rourke

Something’s going on here: Building a comprehensive profile of conspiracy thinkers

Some people are habitual conspiracy thinkers – there’s a plan behind everything, and it’s usually malevolent. One scientist set out to understand who is likely to ascribe to these theories.

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