Religious Conversion And Identity / Edition 1

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Overview

The way in which people change and represent their spiritual evolution is often determined by recurrent language structures. Through the analysis of ancient and modern stories and their words and images, this book describes the nature of conversion through explorations of the encounter with the religious message, the discomfort of spiritual uncertainty, the loss of personal and social identity, the anxiety of destabilization, the reconstitution of the self and the discovery of a new language of the soul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415306119
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/4/2003
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Religion Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Vertigos and lies
1 The destabilization of the self 1
Comparing fiction and reality: some epistemological notes 2
Preaching and conversion after the Council of Trent 11
The mute word: cultural obstacles between preaching and conversion 13
The eloquent icon: sermons of images and images of sermons in early-modern Catholic evangelization 19
2 The crisis of the self 53
Conversion and treason 53
Conversion and controversy 62
Conclusion 78
3 The re-stabilization of the self 79
Introduction 79
The conversion of ideas: the fig tree 81
The conversion of passions: the mirrors and the ointment 104
The conversion of actions: the horse 151
Conclusion 171
Notes 174
Bibliography 210
Index 236
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