The American Way of Conversion

27 11 2008

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Recently I encountered again the boast on one blog I read, “Another Calvinist is now Catholic!“. The discussion that ensued on this and another blog made me reflect on what conversion means in this society. As I have written before, it was not so long ago that conversion from one religion to another was an impossibility, and in some parts of the world it still is. The historical question for me, however, is what has been the nature of conversion in Christian history and not simply in ideas. Was conversion always an “individual” struggle, an intellectual working-through of historical, theological, and devotional texts? How much of the communal is unconsciously assumed in all of this, and how much have we emphasized the interior assent of reason over other, equally important factors?
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