The Transformative Power of Faith : A Narrative Approach to Conversion
This book argues that thick, embodied faith uniquely sustains moral transformation among those whom society deems "hopeless." It insists that by applying a narrative lens to religious conversion, we can better understand the dynamics of personal transformation in ways that make sense of psychological and social factors without ignoring so-called "spiritual" ones. It also helps us comprehend why religion often refuses to remain tamed or contained in the personal or private sphere many Americans wish.
- Hardback | 228 pages
- 154.94 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
- 26 Apr 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
About Erin Dufault-hunter
Erin Dufault-Hunter is assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Drawing on narrative ethics, Dufault-Hunter challenges reductionistic theories of conversion. In this richly illustrated book, the author develops a theoretically sophisticated interpretation of the role that religion potentially plays in transforming people with drug additions and other life challenges. -- Donald E. Miller, University of Southern California I find this to be an engaging work that offers a compelling argument for thinking about the experience of religious conversions in a way that avoids various forms of naturalistic reductionism promulgated by many in the social sciences. -- Gordon S. Mikoski, Princeton Theological Seminary
Table of contents
Chapter 1: The Need for an Alternative Theory of Conversion Chapter 2: A Constructive Overview of Theories regarding Religious Conversion Chapter 3: Story and the Making of the Self Chapter 4: Reading Conversion through a Narrative Lens Chapter 5: Hermeneutics and the Ethical Implications of a Narrative Approach to Conversion