Conspiracy Theories (02.11.21)

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In this episode, we’re delving into the topic of “conspiracy theories.” We won’t be discussing specific “conspiracy theories” that may be out there; instead, we’re going to discuss six Biblical principles that we need to remember when we encounter any “conspiracy theory.”

STORY #1 – Half of U.S. Protestant Pastors Hear Conspiracy Theories in Their Churches

“A new study from Nashville-based Lifeway Research finds 49% of U.S. Protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of their congregation repeating conspiracy theories they have heard about why something is happening in our country. Around 1 in 8 (13%) strongly agree their congregants are sharing conspiracy theories, defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.’” (Lifeway Research)

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STORY #2 – Snopes Article Says Creationism “Bears All the Hallmarks of a Conspiracy Theory”

“Last week, Snopes — a fact-checking website that was used by Facebook for several years to combat what the platform dubbed misinformation — published an article describing creationism as ‘a conspiracy theory.’ The author of the article, chemistry professor Paul Braterman, who describes himself as a ‘skeptic’ and ‘anti-creationist,’ claimed in the piece that creationists — those who embrace the seven-day creation story as it’s outlined in the Bible — ‘go to great lengths to demonize the proponents of evolution.’ Braterman bemoaned the fact that 40% of Americans, according to a 2019 Gallup survey, believe in the creationist view of the origin of humanity, which is that we are descended from the first humans God created, Adam and Eve, ‘within roughly the past 10,000 years.’ ‘Such beliefs derive from the doctrine of biblical infallibility, long accepted as integral to the faith of numerous evangelical and Baptist churches through the world,’ he wrote. ‘[B]ut I would argue that the present-day creationist movement is a fully fledged conspiracy theory.’” (Faithwire)

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