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Empirical Adequacy of Lofland's Conversion Model
Roy L. Austin
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 18, No. 3 (Spring, 1977), pp. 282-287
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3510217
Page Count: 6
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The adequacy of Lofland's model of conversion has been questioned by Seggar and Kunz; but their data were inappropriate for assessing the model because they dealt neither with conversion to a deviant perspective nor with psychological conversion. The present study of a unique group of young "born again" Christians, a group considered "deviant," suggests that extreme characteristics of Lofland's subjects led him to identify and order the "steps" in his model too narrowly. A revised model of conversion is presented.
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