Becoming Religious: Understanding Devotion to the Unseen

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Bucknell University Press, 1999 - Religion - 291 pages
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Becoming Religious is a contemporary investigation of a classical question in the scientific study of religion -- why religion? Why do people devote themselves to unseen, mysterious powers and goals? An answer is proposed from the religious biographies of contemporary South Georgians from all walks of life. Relevant theories from across the subdisciplines of religious studies are marshaled to explain how personal religious commitment emerges and grows.
 

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Perhaps Kwilecki (religious studies, Radford Univ.) should have titled this work "Becoming Fanatically Religious." Though not a believer herself, she claims a lifelong fascination with religious ... Read full review

Contents

How Do Individuals Become Religious? The Question
15
How Do Individuals Become Religious? A Rudimentary Answer
35
The Submissive
57
The Repentant
99
The Shepherded
146
The Anointed
191
Illustrations of Religious Life in Southwest Georgia
245
Research and Theorizing Concluding Reflections
263
Notes
270
Appendix
272
Works Cited
274
Index
285
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