Vicarious dissonance and the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew
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CitationPisilä, Mikko. (2018). Vicarious dissonance and the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew. Approaching religion, 8 (2) , 3-16. 10.30664/ar.70035.
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.