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Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels [Paperback]

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Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2002
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664225144  
EAN  9780664225148  


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Is there only one way to come to know Jesus- one model for conversion? This book addresses the modern problem of "conversion" through a careful, sociologically informed examination of conversion in the Gospels. Jesus' model of conversion, while realistic, does not conform to any of our popular models of conversion - that is, the socialization model (growth into the faith); the liturgical model; or the personal decision model. This study suggests that elements of all of these models are present within the Gospel accounts and that an informed and enhanced reading of the Gospels should engender appreciation for differences in the contemporary church.

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Is there only one way to come to know Jesus - one model for conversion? This volume addresses the modern problems of conversion through a careful, sociologically informed examination of conversion in the Gospels. Popular models of conversion today are based on three different versions: socialization (growth of faith), liturgical (ushered in by ceremonies such as baptism or confirmation), or personal (people are not converted until they make a personal decision). This study suggests that elements of all three models are present within the Gospel accounts and that an informed and enhanced reading of the Gospels should prompt appreciation of different approaches in the Church today.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! STEPHEN K. ERICKSON, JD, and MARILYN S. McKNIGHT, MA, are the founders of Erickson Mediation Institute, a leading mediation facility. They hold numerous training workshops and lectures throughout the year on mediating a variety of conflicts. Erickson and McKnight are also the authors of Mediating Divorce published by Jossey-Bass.

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Challenging the thinking  Feb 26, 2008
Most people who read about Jesus in the gospels tend to look only at the biblical information and draw their conclusions only from there. McKnight challenges the thinking by taking a sociological perspective and applying that viewpoint to what else we know about Jesus. This is a good book, worth the reading of anyone who wants to meditate on the work of Jesus in conversion.
 
Conversions turning over  Jan 9, 2008
MacKnight does a great job in explaining the many facets or types of conversions in the world. A great socoligical approach to a great topic.
 
Deep, my friends  Jul 25, 2007
Scot's book deals with the conversion narrative of modern conversion accounts as well as the gospel accounts. He highlights the various stages of the conversion process. The book is interesting and thought-provoking. His insights into allowing freedom into a person's conversion is needed. Everyone is different, and my conversion motivations or background will be different from yours. One of the interesting aspects of the book was his lack of emphasis on the book of Acts. We always go to this book for conversion accounts, but a study of the gospel conversions can also be beneficial to understanding how people come to the Lord. This is not a pleasure read, but a deep read into a needed topic.
 

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