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Conversion Motifs

John Lofland and Norman Skonovd
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 20, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 373-385
DOI: 10.2307/1386185
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1386185
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

The recent renaissance of research on religious conversion, and the varying stresses emerging in that work, prompt an effort to isolate "conversion motifs." Based on five major and underlying variations, six motifs are identified: intellectual, mystical, experimental, affectional, revivalist and coercive. Social psychological and social organizational implications of these patterns are discussed.

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