I know who the “Q Anon” deep source is. You probably do, too.
I went to Bible college in the 80s. It was my first real exposure to biblical studies and gave me enough thirst to keep pursuing biblical and theological studies the rest of my life. It was also a time when anyone going to a Bible college coming from a fundamentalist background got just enough knowledge to make them dangerous.
In New Testament studies we were introduced to the Synoptic Gospels and their “harmony” and “differences.” The question in scholarship was the use of a particular source that didn’t exist anymore but probably did when the gospel writers were putting their accounts together.
That source was called “Q” and you can read a basic intro HERE.
This is the basis for the name “Q Anon.” In the late 70s and into the 80s, a Bible college education was a big step forward, but those of us who went through that level of education were basically steeped in some degree of fundamentalism, so our education did one of two things:
- It fueled a desire to learn more and helped us find a track to go deeper in studies, often moving us away from fundamentalism and Christian nationalism (thus bringing about the labeling of “liberal”). Or,
- It fueled a desire to be “smarter” in fundamentalist circles and thus more “authoritative” so whatever we taught just “sounded right.”
Thus, my conclusion: Q Anon is someone who went to a Bible college in the late 70s or during the 80s. Their fundamentalism was bolstered and their pre-milliennial, rapture theorizing, 7 day creationist ideology was codified. They just sounded smarter and people with less education listened. They believe they are “the source.” They ARE Q.
I probably sat in a classroom with Q. My guess is they live in southern Missouri or Arkansas and pastor a “small” (not megachurch size) congregation and have a fine set of Matthew Henry Commentaries on their bookshelf. (Possibly a used bookstore set of The Pulpit Commentary as well.)
At any rate, that is my sleep deprived, coffee fueled theory of the day. And I’m sticking with it.