Becoming Religious: Understanding Devotion to the Unseen

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Becoming Religious is a contemporary investigation of a classical question in the scientific study of religion -- why religion? Why do people devote themselves to unseen, mysterious powers and goals? An answer is proposed from the religious biographies of contemporary South Georgians from all walks of life. Relevant theories from across the subdisciplines of religious studies are marshaled to explain how personal religious commitment emerges and grows.

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Perhaps Kwilecki (religious studies, Radford Univ.) should have titled this work "Becoming Fanatically Religious." Though not a believer herself, she claims a lifelong fascination with religious conversion experiences and faith. She profiles 14 devout Christians living in the rural area of Georgia where she was reared. They remain anonymous, but all profess fundamentalist or charismatic beliefs, and most are poor, with little formal education. She uses the psychological theories of Erickson and Jung to explain their faith experiences, which she generally portrays as neurotic responses to personal crises. Believing strong religious convictions form during adulthood, she criticizes early childhood development theories of religious devotion. For scholarly audiences. (Photographs by the author's father, a professional photographer, not seen.)?Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., CA
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