chapter  5
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Embracing the Possibility of Gay Spirituality

Teaching believers how to think is never an easy task, because our human nature prefers to believe in simple, concrete ideologies and repetitive patterns. It’s just more comfortable that way. e theory of cognitive dissonance tells us that this is part of being human. Because our brain wants so much for things to be resonant, it will override new ideas that challenge former ways of thinking, which explains why it is so dicult to change our minds once we have taken a position. Smokers don’t want to die of lung cancer, and overeaters do not want to be obese. When new information challenges ourlives, we tend to reduce the dissonance by taking a position of self-justication so that we can preserve our beliefs that we are good and righteous people who want to encourage only the best in this world.