Conversion: Patterns of Individual and Cultural Transformation|
Fall 2013 not offered
This course examines conversion as an individual, social, and cultured process involving a change from one system of beliefs and behaviors to another. We will evaluate social-scientific approaches to the phenomenon of conversion and examine and compare examples drawn from history and the contemporary world. Readings will focus on the conditions and outcomes of conversion processes, the missionary/convert relationship, and the contexts of cultural interaction in which conversion succeeds or fails.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
William James, THE VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Lewis Rambo, UNDERSTANDING RELIGIOUS CONVERSION
Lamin Sanneh, TRANSLATING THE MESSAGE: THE MISSIONARY IMPACT ON CULTURE
J. D. Y. Peel, RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTERS AND THE MAKING OF THE YORUBA
David Martin, TONGUES OF FIRE: THE EXPLOSION OF PROTESTANTISM IN LATIN AMERICA
Liam Brockey, JOURNEY TO THE EAST: THE JESUIT MISSION TO CHINA, 1579-1724
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Five page mid-term paper; 10-12 page final paper. Students will be required to give a short presentation on the required reading once.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Method & Theory" OR "Thematic Approaches" requirement for the department major.
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