When Prophecy Fails and Faith Persists: A Theoretical Overview

  title={When Prophecy Fails and Faith Persists: A Theoretical Overview},
  author={Lorne L. Dawson},
  journal={Nova Religio-journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions},
  • L. Dawson
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • Psychology
  • Nova Religio-journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions
Almost everyone in the sociology of religion is familiar with the classic 1956 study by Festinger et al. of how religious groups respond to the failure of their prophetic pronouncements. Far fewer are aware of the many other studies of a similar nature completed over the last thirty years on an array of other new religious movements. There are intriguing variations in the observations and conclusions advanced by many of these studies, as well as some surprising commonalities. This paper offers… 

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