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Title: Conversion converted : a new model of Christian conversion in light of Wesleyan theology and nonreductive physicalism
Author: Markham, Paul N.
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2006
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The doctrine of conversion is central to Christian community life. There are a number of issues that influence how one conceives the phenomenon of conversion. Among these are one's view of spirituality, human nature, and basic notions of the 'self'. This thesis begins with the claim that contemporary views of Christian spirituality, particularly in the American Evangelical tradition, disproportionately emphasise the interior and individual nature of spiritual experience. This has a direct influence on doctrines of conversion in that their salient feature emerges as the redemption of an inner self or `salvation of the soul'. In order to promote a Christian community life that places discipleship at a premium, the author argues that a new model of conversion is needed within American Evangelicalism. Resources for such a model are found in the Wesleyan theological tradition as well as gathered from philosophical and scientific insights found in a nonreductive physicalist view of human nature. This thesis represents an integrated work in science and religion in that the author considers` data' from both theology and science. The author claims that Christian conversion is a process involving normal human biological capacities. It is characterised by a change in socio-moral attitude and behaviour, and is best understood as the acquisition of virtues intrinsic to Christian faith. Such acquisitions are facilitated through social interaction and participation in practices inherent to the Christian community. Furthermore, the conversion process should be viewed as the co-operant result of Divine grace and human participation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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