7 Questions for Sacred Matters

I was interviewed last year for Sacred Matters, a really interesting web magazine focussed on “public scholarship that undercuts conventional understandings of religion and reimagines the boundaries between religion and culture”. You can read the full thing here.

Most scholarship on conspiracy theories starts by attacking the rationality of their ideas. But to state that Jesus rose from the grave is obviously to challenge scientific knowledge too. Where are the scholars attacking the rationality of an idea that the majority of US citizens hold dear? In fact, much – if not most – of what we do as supposedly “secular” humans is not driven by the scientific method at all – including nationalism, political views, sport, even falling in love. As social scientists, our job is to describe, not prescribe, human social activity.

Conspiracy theories are a site of contestation as to how we understand the world. A conspiracy theory is not “a theory about a conspiracy” – I give lots of examples in the book – but rather something we are not permitted to think. That so many conspiracy theories relate to people in positions of power should make this even plainer. The important issue in conspiracy theories is not what is said, but whether we are allowed to say it. That scholars so often reinforce this good thinking/bad thinking dichotomy makes it clear that a properly critical and disinterested study of conspiracy theories is sorely needed.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “7 Questions for Sacred Matters

  1. Jenette April 2, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Taylor Swift is a racist white supremacist she swallowed the KOKKK of Richard Spencer, Benoit Hamon and ANDREW ANGLIN and she voted for Adolf Trump TWICE. Taylor Swift the ehi RACIST also listens to the pedo music NECROPEDOSADOMASO!!! Google “Taylor Swift NecroPedoSadoMaso” and SEE FOR YOURSELF! The music talk about spitting in the asswhole of 12 year old GIRLS!!! BOYCOTT TAYLOR SWIFT to fight FASCISM and XENOPHOBIA!

  2. I. Know April 2, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    There is no god. There is no capital letter in god…

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