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Understanding Religious Conversion

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Religious conversion provides converts with an opportunity to embrace a community of faith and a philosophy that nurture and guide, that offer a focus for loyalty and a framework for action. Whether the conversion is from one religious tradition to another, from one denomination to another, from no involvement to participation in a religious community, or is an intensifica ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published October 25th 1995 by Yale University Press (first published May 26th 1993)
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Danielle
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of a religious studies graduate course on Conversion, and wrote this review for the course.

In Understanding Religious Conversion, Lewis R. Rambo attempts to synthesize his own research on why people convert with current research from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, religious studies, psychology, and missiology, among others. His goal is to better understand the factors that go in to the decision to convert on an individual level, as well as t
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Robert Martin
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
While Rambo presents an excellent discussion of the various stages of the process of conversion, his presentation style did not seem to support his thesis completely. Throughout the book, each stage of the conversion was presented as a component of an interrelated web of the other components of the conversion. The implication of this visual is that there is not necessarily a progressive step-by-step process of conversion, but that they interacted and built on each other. Rambo indicates that thi ...more
Glenn
Jul 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
A tedious organization and discussion of religious conversion studies into a common sense model of contributing factors with an emphasis on the social sciences. Had to read it for an Apologetics course in seminary. Author considers himself a "scholar of conversion". Gives intellectual a bad name. Who pays for these studies?
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