The Conversion of Paul in the Light of the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance
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Paul’s influence on Christian teaching and practice cannot be underestimated. Several times his teaching is quoted to support certain Christian practices even in African Christianity today. However, the conversion of this Christian giant is hotly contested. This article discusses this topical issue of the conversion of Paul from being a zealous persecutor of the Christian church to being a zealous Christian himself. New Testament scholars have argued over whether Paul’s conversion was gradual or sudden or whether he, in fact, had a conversion. The article looks at the topic from a psycho-social perspective. Using the theory of cognitive dissonance, it argues that Paul must have had a psychological struggle within himself for a long time until he accepted the Christian religion on his way to Damascus.
Additional Citation InformationTogarasei, Lovemore. ''The Conversion of Paul in the Light of the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance'', Zambezia, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 123-135.
University of Zimbabwe Publications