Sociology of Conspiracy Theory: The Pope is the Antichrist

The Conspiracy

Jack Chick spent over 50 years building and promoting a conspiracy. His Chick Tracts push a mythos that vilifies the Catholic Church, Muslims, and others while attempting to convert readers to his incredibly specific brand of Christianity.

The Concept

Traditionally, religion served to promote community unity. If everyone believed the same thing, they had that in common. However, in our postmodern world, the responsible citizen must strive to understand many religions in our efforts to love our neighbors. Chick's work is an artifact of a previous era. It is so jarring to us because he is stuck in the prepostmodern paradigm.