Transforming Conversion Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation

ISBN-10: 0801032474
ISBN-13: 9780801032479
Edition: 2010
Authors: Gordon T. Smith
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Description: This volume offers much-needed theological reflection on the phenomenon of conversion and transformation. Gordon Smith provides a robust evaluation that covers the broad range of thinking about conversion across Christian traditions and addresses  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 8/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This volume offers much-needed theological reflection on the phenomenon of conversion and transformation. Gordon Smith provides a robust evaluation that covers the broad range of thinking about conversion across Christian traditions and addresses global contexts. Smith contends that both in the church and in discussions about contemporary mission, the language of conversion inherited from revivalism is inadequate in helping to navigate the questions that shape how we do church, how we approach faith formation, how evangelism is integrated into congregational life, and how we witness to the faith in non-Christian environments. We must rethink the nature of the church in light of how people actually come to faith in Christ. After drawing on ancient and pre-revivalist wisdom on conversion, Smith delineates the contours of conversion and Christian initiation for today's church. He concludes by discussing the art of spiritual autobiography and what it means to be a congregation.

Introduction
The Language of Conversion: Revivalism and the Evangelical Experience
Conversion and the Redemptive Purposes of God
Chapters in the History of an Idea: Part 1
Chapters in the History of an Idea: Part 2
To Be a Saint: Conversion and Spiritual Maturity
The Contours of a Christian Conversion
The Penitential Dimension of Conversion
The Sacramental Dimension of Conversion
Spiritual Autobiography and Conversion Narrative
What Then Does It Mean to Be a Congregation?
Index

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