Sightings Articles

q-anon

conspiracy theories | cults | American religion

The Power of Belief in Conspiracy Theories

People who subscribe to QAnon maintain that Donald Trump remains the “true” president... why would anyone believe this?

December 17, 2021
conspiracy wall

conspiracy theories | humanness | political partisanship | power differentials

Conspiracy Theories and Human Psychology

The unsettlingly normal cognitive roots of outlandish explanations

September 9, 2021
Shofar

repentance | political religion | conspiracy theories

On Zealous and Unrepentant Times

A Call to Self-Reflection amidst a Dangerous Devotion

September 28, 2020
Q

conspiracy theories | Donald Trump | political religion

Playing the Ostrich; or, How Not to Think about QAnon

American conspiracy theories and the task of the scholar of religion

May 18, 2020

anxiety | conspiracy theories | epistemology | fake news | knowledge | Media | Pizzagate

"We Don't Have Enough Proof": Pizzagate as Epistemological Panic

A man with a rifle enters a pizza place, not for the purposes of mass murder or terrorism but on a quest for epistemological certainty. Twenty-eight-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch had heard a theory, and he wanted to know if it was true. He had encoun...

December 15, 2016