Understanding Religious Conversion by Lewis R. Rambo

By Lewis R. Rambo

Discusses the dynamics of spiritual conversion, providing it as a technique of swap with own, cultural, social and non secular implications. The textual content attracts on insights from psychology, anthropology, theology, missiology and interviews with converts from disparate backgrounds.

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Characteristics of the advocate and the redpient, vis-à-vis their own cultures (especially marginality or centrality), influence the interaction. We have now seen that context comprises a dynamic force field of people, institutions, ideologies, expectations, and global settings in which people confront the human predicament. Rambo, Lewis R. 11 09:22:31] page_43 < previous page page_43 next page > Page 43 tures and infrastructures that influence the content and form of the drama of conversion and resistance.

6 After several expatriate years, Cleaver began to feel that he was useless to the Black Power movement and was no longer able to have an influence on political and social change. Rambo, Lewis R. 11 09:22:23] page_25 < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 was sitting alone on the balcony of their apartment near Cannes, staring down at the Mediterranean with a pistol on his lap.  . began thinking of putting an end to it all by committing suicide. I really began to think about that. I was sitting up on my balcony, one night, on the thirteenth floorjust sitting there.

11 09:21:34] page_16 < previous page page_16 next page > Page 16 coercive persuasion, thought reform, and programming are other labels for such a process. A conversion is more or less coercive according to the level of intense pressure exerted on the person to participate, conform, and confess. Deprivation of food and sleep may render the person unable to resist the pressure to surrender to the group's ideology and submissive life-style. Fear and, some allege, physical torture and other forms of psychological terror are deployed to gain control over the person's life.

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