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by DCHindley
Sun Feb 25, 2024 6:36 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Interestingly, I was surprised to learn that a significant article on Cognitive Dissonance and the development of early Christian belief was written by David Aune, "Christian Beginnings and Cognitive Dissonance Theory," in Gospel-Tradition-and-Paul-in-the-context-of-Jewish-and-Greco-Roman-...
by DCHindley
Sun Feb 25, 2024 7:12 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who are scholars doubting the Historicity of Paul, and are any of them non-mythicists?
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Who are scholars doubting the Historicity of Paul, and are any of them non-mythicists?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Detering is/was one of the most influential writers "sceptical of Paul's authorship of the Pauline epistles," but that isn't quite the same thing as "doubting the Historicity of Paul." Schweitzer discusses Dutch Radicals who thought all the ...
by DCHindley
Sun Feb 25, 2024 6:24 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae and their Context/Timeline
Replies: 71
Views: 108843

Re: Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae and their Context/Timeline

Your academic gung-fu is very good, Let me digest what you have there. It is nice to see at least one other member here who takes the time to slice and dice sources, including modern ones. You seem to like the tertiary works (like textbooks and academic publications) while I tend to favor the source...
by DCHindley
Sun Feb 25, 2024 5:22 am
Forum: Other Texts and History
Topic: Did the Buddha Exist?
Replies: 5
Views: 13129

Re: Did the Buddha Exist?

This topic is being discussed here https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/suttas-agamas-arent-strictly-historical/32288 and here https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/jayarava-on-levman-on-drewes-on-the-historical-buddha/32581/5 . It was nice to read an informative thread by participants who seem very...
by DCHindley
Sat Feb 24, 2024 11:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?
Replies: 76
Views: 85398

Re: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?

Jona Lendering, who contributed an article on Josephus to Livius.org … does cite a couple of sources to illuminate the possibility that the account reflects actual practices: He cites the "third or fourth century" "Tannaite tradition" preserved in the Talmud at "Keth. 30a&q...
by DCHindley
Sat Feb 24, 2024 10:44 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Here's an interesting factoid about the "Saucer cult:" I also found interesting the fact that the real-life people that comprised the UFO cult that was investigated by Leon Festinger (When Prophecy Fails) and served as the kernel of his theory of Cognitive Dissonance, were influenced by Ge...
by DCHindley
Sat Feb 24, 2024 9:29 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory

The actual theory is set out as follows: A Assumptions: 1 Pairs of elements can exist in irrelevant, consonant, or dissonant relations. 2 Two cognitive elements are in an irrelevant relation if they have nothing to do with each one other. (e.g., your opinion about the relative value of precious meta...
by DCHindley
Sat Feb 24, 2024 9:18 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory

... [According to Festinger et al.'s theory] there are different ways in which people might react to new information that doesn't fit their preconceived notions of what holds the universe together. They are enumerated in the works of Leon Festinger, particularly A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (19...
by DCHindley
Sat Feb 24, 2024 7:09 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Jesus’ Deification & Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Hey, Fernando Bermejo-Rubio has been referenced here on BC&H many times WRT his book on the likelihood that Jesus associated with rebel types. I get the impression that some of our board members do not like his conclusion. Comments tend to be nit picky and generally dismissive, a well documented...
by DCHindley
Fri Feb 23, 2024 8:51 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae and their Context/Timeline
Replies: 71
Views: 108843

Re: Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae and their Context/Timeline

Speaking of the Mithras Liturgy: "I invoke the immortal names, living and honored, which never pass into mortal nature and are not declared in articulate speech by human tongue or mortal speech or mortal sound: EEO OEEO IOO OE EEO EEO OE EO IOO OEEE OEE OOE IE EO OO OE IEO OE OOE IEO OE IEEO EE...