Religious Conversion: Religion Scholars Thinking Together, 1st Edition

  • Shanta Premawardhana
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  • ISBN-10: 1118972368
  • ISBN-13: 9781118972366
  • DDC: 204.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released June 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Presenting the results of an innovative ten-year project initiated by the World Council of Churches, this book explores various issues relating to the nature, methods, and effects of religious conversion in the major world faiths. It features contributions from religious scholars and leaders of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim traditions, and addresses questions on religious freedon, legal considerations, and the future for religious conversion.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
Preliminary Considerations.
1: Thinking Together: A Story and a Method.
2: Defining Religious Conversion.
3: Models of Religious Belonging.
4: Conversion Sought and Feared.
Views from Five Religious Traditions.
5: Buddhists on Religious Conversion: A Critical Issue.
6: A Christian Perspective on Conversion.
7: Conversion from a Hindu Perspective: Controversies, Challenges, and Opportunities.
8: Islamic Perspectives on Conversion: Aid Evangelism and Apostasy Law.
9: Jewish Perspectives on Conversion.
Conversion and Human Rights.
10: Conversion and Religious Freedom.
11: The Right to Religious Freedom and Proselytism: A Legal Perspective.
Looking to the Future.
12: Epilogue: To Learn and to Encourage: Insights from the Thinking Together Group.
13: A Study Guide.