Understanding Religious Conversion

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Yale University Press, 1993 - Religion - 240 pages
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Drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, theology, and missiology, as well as on interviews with converts from disparate backgrounds, Lewis Rambo provides a critique and evaluation of religious conversion throughout the world. He considers various theories of conversion, examines the role of cultural and social factors in the conversion process, and describes how different religions and disciplines view conversion.
 

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Contents

Figures
9
A sequential stage model
17
A systemic stage model
18
Context
21
Cycle of religious transformation
33
Crisis
45
Contours of crisis
47
Quest
57
Interaction
103
Encapsulation processes
106
Matrix of transformation
107
Ritual processes
115
Commitment
125
Consequences
143
Conclusion
165
The converting process summarized 16869
168

Modes of response
59
Encounter
67
Prescriptions and proscriptions
72
Degree of missionary activity
79
Notes
177
Bibliography
209
Index
235
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