This article by Eric W. Dolan is published by PsyPost. Here is an excerpt:
A constellation of beliefs known as Christian nationalism is linked to support for political violence in the United States, according to new research published in the scientific journal Political Behavior. The findings shed new light on individual characteristics and attitudes linked to the 2021 Capitol attacks.
“The January 6, 2021 riot/insurrection was obviously an interesting event worthy of study, so part of the motivation was simply to understand this momentous event in American history,” said Miles T. Armaly, an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi who co-authored the research with David T. Buckley and Adam M. Enders of the University of Louisville.
“Many signs pointed to Christianity playing a role in 1/6 (e.g., rallies and signs with religious themes, prayers among those who breached the Capitol, etc.), but existing evidence suggests that mere Christianity or even Evangelicalism was likely an incomplete — if not inaccurate — explanation for the support for violence (both generally speaking and on 1/6, specifically).”
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