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The Eastern Church in the Spiritual Marketplace: American Conversions to Orthodox Christianity

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Like many Americans, the Eastern Orthodox converts in this study are
participants in what scholars today refer to as the “spiritual marketplace”
or quest culture of expanding religious diversity and individual choice-
making that marks the post-World War II American religious landscape.
In this highly readable ethnographic study, Slagle explores the ways in
which converts, cler
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Paperback, 215 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Northern Illinois University Press
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Matthew Gaul
Oct 11, 2014 Matthew Gaul rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Eastern Catholics and Orthodox
Recommended to Matthew by: easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com
I purchased this book to see what I could glean to help Eastern Catholic evangelism. As expected, almost all of the insights are applicable not only to Orthodoxy, but also to Greek (Byzantine) Catholicism as well.

In sum, author Amy Slagle talks to converts to Eastern Orthodoxy from several parishes largely in the very different religious arenas of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jackson, Mississippi. She also compares and contrasts those who marry into Orthodoxy, for whom the faith begins as incide
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Kristofer Carlson
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This is a highly useful book for those wishing to understand the reasons why people convert to Eastern Orthodoxy in America, and the general process by which they convert. As such, it would be useful to any Eastern Orthodox priest and parish. There is one quibble, however, involving the use of the sociological distinction between the "self-surrender" and "volitional" type of conversion. "Self-surrender" is the type of conversion experienced by Saul on the Damascus road; "volitional" is the type ...more
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