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How Prophecy Never Fails

Diana G. Tumminia

in When Prophecy Never Fails

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176759
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195176758.003.0003
How Prophecy Never Fails

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The discussion takes issue with Leon Festinger’s When Prophecy Fails and cognitive dissonance theory by providing alternative explanations of disconfirmed prophecy. Ernest Norman lays the groundwork for Ruth Norman with visions and channeled messages from outer space. The evolution of Unarian prophecies and their failures shows how members come to view the phenomenon as a reliving of past lives and a healing process. Melvin Pollner’s theory of mundane reason indicates that believers find errors in the interpretations of others rather than seeing the flaws in their own logic.

Keywords: Leon Festinger; prophecy; Ernest Norman; Ruth Norman; mundane reason; channeled messages; past lives; interpretations; believers; cognitive dissonance

Chapter.  6787 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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