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Understanding Religious Conversion: The Case of St. Augustine (Dong Young Kim) Paperback Book, (Pickwick Publications, 2012) 9781610976176
Understanding Religious Conversion: The Case of St. Augustine (Dong Young Kim) Paperback Book, (Pickwick Publications, 2012) 9781610976176
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Title: Understanding Religious Conversion: The Case of St. Augustine

Author: Kim, Dong Young

Publisher: Pickwick Publications; Publication Date: 2012

Paperback; ISBN: 9781610976176

Volumes: 1; Pages: 420

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Understanding Religious Conversion begins with emphasis on the value of respecting religious/theological interpretations of conversion while coordinating social scientific studies of how personal, social, and cultural issues are relevant to the human transformational process. It encourages us to bring together the perspectives of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and religious studies into critical and mutually-informing conversation for establishing a richer and more accurate perception of the complex phenomenon of religious conversion.The case of St. Augustine's conversion experience superbly illustrates the complicated and multidimensional process of religious change. By critically extending the contributions of the literature within Lewis Rambo's interdisciplinary framework, Dong Young Kim presents a more integrated picture of how personal, social, cultural, and religious/theological components interact with one another in the process of Augustine's conversion. In doing so, he has struggled with how to relocate more effectively and practically the conversion narrative of Augustine within the context of pastoral care and ministry (and the field of the academy)?in order to facilitate a better understanding of the conversion stories of the church members as well as to enhance the experiences of religious conversion within the Christian community.Table of ContentsForeword by John Berthrong vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations xiii 1. Facing the Challenge: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Issue 1 2. Exploring Insights: Search for Studies of Religious Conversion 15 3. Illustrating the Case of St. Augustine: His Main Life History and Thought 95 4. Getting Insights: Critical Search for Interpretations of Augustine's Conversion 151 5. Playing Together: An Integrated Understanding of Augustine's Conversion 263 6. Sharing the Conversion Narrative in Our Midst: Reflections and Implications 357 Appendix: The Implications of the Role of Augustine's Unnamed Woman in His Conversion 369 Bibliography 375 Index
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