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Reconstructing The Change From Judaism To Christianity As A Paradigm Shift

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This chapter scrutinises the notion of paradigm shifts and its relevance for religious issues. After a predominantly philosophical analysis of this notion, the author applies its results to religion, in particular, to the change from the Jewish worldview to the Christian worldview as it occurred in the first century CE. The chapter argues that this change can be reconstructed as being a paradigm shift. The paradigm shifts have the following basic structure: Mostly, they are triggered by unexpected anomalies, e.g., unexpected laboratory results. They lead to a change of the theoretical background. The changed theoretical background provides a new perspective which allows for the possibility of perceiving things differently. Finally the chapter shows what consequences follow from this reconstruction.

Keywords: Christian worldview; first century CE; Jewish worldview; paradigm shifts



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