Jeff Sharlet on On The Media explains how biblical era gnostic thinking, subsequently suppressed by the mainstream church as heresy, has reappeared and is now driving QAnon and Trumpism. It explains an awful lot, especially why telling so-called "Christian" evangelicals they are hypocritical or not Christian has no effect. They have just reverted to the old heretical ways. After all the gnostic gospels which they are now using to fuel their anti-truth anti-reality movement were just those suppressed by the lame-stream Christian authoritarian church which they probably now just see as an early manifestation of "the deep State".
Fascinating but he is weak on how to deal with it. That's because he doesn't cite the root source - growing inequality! Inequality and economic instability leads to the growth of ideological fanaticism. More economic justice and inclusion will render this nonsense back to a fringe element. The podcast shows the weakness of the superficial intellectual analysis of liberal thinkers not grappling with the hard realities people face.
Gnosticism is hidden esoteric knowledge. Some might say it is made up. I understand the link here, but when it comes to the "Deep State" Steve Bannon admitted in an interview that he and Donald Trump simply made it up. I can believe that, and now books are written about it. I have to think that if it was true Trump would no longer be alive.