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Understanding Religious Conversion Paperback – October 25, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-0300065152 ISBN-10: 0300065159 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (October 25, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300065159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300065152
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wyote VINE VOICE on October 16, 2001
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Lewis Rambo presents chapters on various aspects of religious conversion, such as social context, religious experience, apostasy, and missionaries. Although he tries to cover many kinds of conversion, inluding intensifying commitment to neglected religious practices, he seems pre-occupied with conversion to monotheistic religions in colonial situations and modern American new religions. He strives to avoid controversy and say as little as possible of significance. For all that, his book is an adequate overview. The main disappointment with his book is the scarcity of studies and examples cited.
Personally, I would rather study conversion from the wider perspectives of general changes in religious experiences, commitments, and practices in many cultures. Reading this book, I concluded that the notion of conversion is meaningless in religious studies, one more projection from limited Western experiences onto inappropriate situations in other contexts. In short, I believe the topic is larger than Rambo's coverage. Yet his scholarship, methods and writing are adequate.
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