By Andrew Buckser, Stephen D. Glazier

The Anthropology of spiritual Conversion paints an image of conversion way more advanced than its known snapshot in anthropology and non secular experiences. Conversion is particularly seldom easily a unexpected second of perception or suggestion; it's a swap either one of person recognition and of social belonging, of psychological angle and of actual adventure, whose unfolding relies either on its cultural environment and at the unique people who endure it. The booklet explores non secular conversion in a number of cultural settings and considers how anthropological methods might help us comprehend the phenomenon. Fourteen case reviews span old and geographical contexts, together with the modern usa, smooth and medieval Europe, and non-western societies in South Asia, Melanesia, and South the United States. They talk about conversion to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Spiritualism. Combining ethnographic description with theoretical research, authors reflect on the character and which means of conversion, its social and political dimensions, and its dating to person spiritual adventure.

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Ideally, also, a Christian should be a bold giver of money or other resources to others, on the Faith theory that gifts will return tenfold or hundredfold to the giver. Testimonies from revival meetings and reports from missionaries talk of how thousands of people are being saved in Sweden and abroad. Although, admittedly, brains are not perceived as being “washed,” these believers do talk of minds, souls, and spirits being “renewed” by the acceptance of Jesus as Lord? ”6 Conversion as an event and as a practice is regularly articulated by Word of Lifers: through the prayer formulae suggested to nonbelievers that can be deployed as easy-to-use recipes for self-con~ersion;~ through altar calls at the ends of services; through radio and television programs, audiocassettes, videos, and websites that apparently reach out to the unsaved; and through numerous accounts of conversions located in personal testimonies, missionary reports, and so on.

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