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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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.
From Publishers Weekly The Sociology of Religion Although everyone comes to Christian faith in
different ways, says religion professor Scot McKnight in Turning to Jesus: The
Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels, conversion stories don't typically
reflect that diversity. In fact, each Christian group "shuffles all oddities
to the side and sanctifies only a certain ordered experience." Drawing on the
personal stories of 19 men and women who embraced the Christian faith across a
wide variety of traditions (mainline Protestant, Catholic and evangelical),
McKnight pleads for "each of us to pause long enough to hear the stories of
all Christians and not just those who frame their stories as do we." This is a
well-reasoned, persuasive call to recognize "diversity" in a rather unexpected
way. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels by McKnight has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 02/04/2002
PW Notes and Reprints - 01/28/2002 page 288
Publishers Weekly - 01/28/2002
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.16" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2002
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664225144 ISBN13 9780664225148
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More About McKnight
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels?
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.