What is behind the rise of conspiracy theories? And what harm do they bring? Writing for The Dispatch, David French noted, “What is a conspiracy theory but a lie? It comprehensively and grievously violates the Ninth Commandment. A conspiracy theorist bears false witness against his neighbors—against his fellow citizens. He accuses them of grievous sins, he destroys their good name, and he can even incite deadly violence.” He concluded: “Unless the church can address its deep and more fundamental failure of moral and theological instruction in politics, many of its leaders and thinkers will continue to play whack-a-mole with the symptoms of the underlying disease. And make no mistake, conspiracy theories represent one of those symptoms.”
On Friday, March 12th, we look forward to welcoming Senior Editor of The Dispatch and American political commentator David French. In his new book, Divided We Fall, French explores not only the rise of conspiracy thinking, but also the tribalism and alienation that has divided the country. We hope you will join us for this timely discussion about the Christian response to conspiracy theories, and the power of faith as an antidote to the fear that fuels them.