Originally Posted by zumby
I'm surprised you'd buy this.
Cognitive dissonance is a human phenomenon. Afaik it's not limited to theists.
The basic theory of cognitive dissonance is simple: People prefer a situation in which their cognitions are consistent with each other and their cognitions are consistent with their behaviors.
Is there some reason why this would be limited to theists?
Especially when atheists spend so much time trying to identify contradictions in thinking. It'd seem they fear cognitive dissonance more than the typical theist who allow absolutes from a higher authority guide their behavior. Of course, it could vary by individual.
Psychology Today on cognitive dissonance:
Believing Our Own Lies: Why people change their beliefs to fit their behavior.
It's also funny why all the arm-chair psychology atheists never know anything about self-perception theory.
It's like they repeat this cognitive dissonance thing by rote without knowing much about it...oh well...
Oh and before you accuse theists of dishonesty you have to take into account the growth factor in their beliefs over time:
James Fowler's Stages of Faith