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Introduction - The Varieties Of Conversion Experience

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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which focuses on theoretical understanding of conversion and trust. It asserts that it is religion, not ideology, that marks the great division of culture. It sees conversion as multidisciplinary, including psychology, philosophy and cultural studies. It also sees conversion as an indicator of recomposition of identity and loyalty. Next, it turns to empirical research to address the question: Are there patterns of religious development in liquid modernity? It uses a study based on observation and interviews of a New Town, to determine the beliefs of city dwellers. The book looks at the relationship between pilgrimage and conversion. It begins by contrasting the present-day concept of pilgrimage with that of the past, and notes that pilgrimage takes the form of both revivals and historic journeys as well as new innovations of gathering places that lack direct connection to explicit religious tradition.

Keywords: belief; conversion; identity; loyalty; pilgrimage; religious development; religious tradition; revivals; trust



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