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Religions 2016, 7(7), 86; doi:10.3390/rel7070086

Believing Selves and Cognitive Dissonance: Connecting Individual and Society via “Belief”

Human Economy Programme, Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, Old College House, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
Academic Editors: Douglas James Davies and Michael J. Thate
Received: 12 April 2016 / Revised: 24 May 2016 / Accepted: 13 June 2016 / Published: 28 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and the Individual: Belief, Practice, and Identity)
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“Belief” as an analytical tool and critical category of investigation for the study of religion has been a resurging topic of interest. This article discusses the problems of language and practice in the discussion of “belief” and proceeds to map a few of the emergent frameworks, proposed within the past decade, for investigating “belief”. The issue of inconsistency, however, continues to remain a perennial issue that has not been adequately explained. This article argues for the utility and value of the “believing selves” framework, in conjunction with revisionist theories of cognitive dissonance, to advance the claim that beliefs are representations, as well as functions, of cultural history which bind individual and society. View Full-Text
Keywords: study of religion; belief; believing selves; cognitive dissonance; individual; society study of religion; belief; believing selves; cognitive dissonance; individual; society
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Bae, B.B. Believing Selves and Cognitive Dissonance: Connecting Individual and Society via “Belief”. Religions 2016, 7, 86.

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