Vicarious dissonance and the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew

  • Mikko Pisilä University of Eastern Finlad

Abstract

This article presents a novel social-scientific approach to the Gospel of Matthew, one of the most influential texts in the history of Christianity. This approach combines social-psychological and narrative-critical methodology. The aim is to demonstrate how the gospel narrative functions to transform the social identity of its audience and stimulate group commitment via the social-psychological phenomenon of vicarious cognitive dissonance.

Keywords: cognitive dissonance, vicarious dissonance, matthew, gospel, social identity, commitment, narrative
How to Cite
Pisilä, M. (2018). Vicarious dissonance and the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew. Approaching Religion, 8(2), 3-16. https://doi.org/10.30664/ar.70035