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Religious Conversion By Christopher Lamb

Religious Conversion by Christopher Lamb

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Exploring how conversion has been understood by different religions during different eras, this study includes a survey of the textual, legal, ritual, historic and experiential dimensions of the phenomenon of conversion.

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Religious Conversion: Contemporary Practices and Controversies by Christopher Lamb

Religious conversion has always been and remains today a controversial issue in many of the world's reigions. It has been promoted, condoned, banned but almost never ignored. Although it normally appears in a religious context, the language of conversion can be discerned at the heart of the new religious pluralism that is increasingly present at least in many Western societies. This volume explains the practices of various world religions and highlights some of the issues that cut across traditions and emerge in distinctive ways in different ways in different religions and cultural settings. The first three chapters offer students some theoretical perspectives, and are followed by accounts of the history of conversion in Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Chinese religion and Zoroastrianism, as well as descriptions of contemporary practice. Additonal chapters look in depth at personal stories of conversion, both within Christianity and from Christianity Eastern and New Age forms of religion. The book will be of interest to undergraduates as well as the general reader interested in gaining an insight into an enduring controversy that affects all religions.Christopher Lamb is Head of the Centre for Inter-Faith Dialogue at Middlesex University, London. M. Darrol Bryant is Professor of Religion and Culture at Renison College, University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Conversion - theoretical perspectives: converting -stages of religious change, Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian; conversion, inward and outward, Donald Taylor; conversion - up from evangelicalism or the pentecostal and charismatic experience, Frank K. Flinn. Part 2 Conversion in the world's religions: conversion as a process leading to enlightenment - the Buddhist perspective, Christopher Lamb; conversion to Judaism - a tale of the good, the bad and the ungrateful slanders or saviours, Rabbi Rodney Marriner; conversion from within and without in Chinese religion, Jordan Paper; contra conversion - the case of the Zoroastrians of India, Homi B. Dala; conversion - a Hindu/Ghandian perspective, K.L. Seshagiri Rao; conversion to Islam - the Qur'anic paradigm, Yasin Dutton; conversion in the Sikh tradition, Doris R. Jakobsh. Part 3 Conversion in Christianity: conversion in Christianity - from without and from within, M. Darrol Bryant; charismatic conversion in the light of Augustine's confessions, Karla Poewe; conversion in an African tradition, Irving Hexham; the Benedictine vow "Conversio Morum", Dame Macrina Sitzia. Part 4 Contemporary cases of conversion: coming home and coming out pagan (but not converting), Graham Harvey; continuing conversion - a personal journey, Father Tim Edgar; the story of Darshan Singh, a French convert, Darshan Singh Rudel; belonging to a cult or new religious movement - act of freewill of mind control, Rev Martin Eggleton; being Hindu in North America - the experience of a western convert, Tamai Krishna Goswami; cult conversions - controversy and clarification, Lorne L. Dawson; rediscovering Islam - a Muslim journey of faith, Sophie Gilliat.

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Religious Conversion: Contemporary Practices and Controversies by Christopher Lamb
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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