David G. Robertson

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    Like religion, conspiracy theories are more complex than just a set of strongly held beliefs

Like religion, conspiracy theories are more complex than just a set of strongly held beliefs

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Conspiracy theories are often connected to religion; the past year has seen the rise of COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories among evangelical groups on social media, for example. To understand the connection between religion and conspiracy theories, we need to change the way we think about religion, writes David G Robertson. The beliefs which can drive both religions and conspiracy […]

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    Why looking through the lens of religion can help us to understand the popularity of conspiracy theories like Pizzagate

Why looking through the lens of religion can help us to understand the popularity of conspiracy theories like Pizzagate

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Conspiracy theories rarely lead to violence; with the main exception being 2016’s Pizzagate which culminated in a gunman threatening a pizza restaurant which he believed was a front for a satanic paedophile ring. David G. Robertson and Asbjorn Dyrendal unpack some of the reasons why conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate can gain ground so rapidly, citing links to the […]

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