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The authors of Amazing Conversions, both social psychologists, surveyed thousands of young adults to find that small number who were "amazing believers" or "amazing apostates." These rare individuals tell their stories, which are supplemented by their responses to a detailed questionnaire. The resulting picture shows that amazing believers and amazing apostates are dramatically different groups of people, in spite of the fact that their lives now stand in opposition to previous (non)religious training. You, too, can complete the same questionnaire to learn more about yourself and your beliefs. Have you experienced an amazing conversion?
|2||Interviews with the Amazing Apostates||38|
|3||An Analysis of the Amazing Apostate Cases||105|
|4||Interviews with the Amazing Believers||127|
|5||An Analysis of the Amazing Believer Cases||188|
|6||A Comparison of Amazing Apostates and Amazing Believers||208|
|7||Our Findings in a Broader Context||223|
|8||Further Studies on Related Matters||241|
|Appendix A||Interview Schedule for Amazing Apostates||261|
|Appendix B||Interview Schedule for Amazing Believers||265|
Posted November 21, 2000
I bought this book expecting something insightful and new. What I found, however, were short, anecdotal tales of young people who had either gone from no religion to a religion or vice versa. None of the people interviewed had been a believer or non-believer more than a few years. Their reasons for conversion were vague and primarily emotional in content. The book also does not have any interviews with people who chose any religion other than Christianity. What of all those women embracing Islam and students who turn to Buddhism? I was so disappointed with this book I threw it away when I was done, and I have never done that before.
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