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Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels
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Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels

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Westminster John Knox 2002

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Overview

Scot McKnight’s careful study of Jesus’ relationship with his followers reveals that elements of all three contemporary models of conversion—the personal decision, the sociological, and the liturgical—are present within the Gospel accounts. But because the Gospel narratives themselves are insufficiently explicit to support only one contemporary model of conversion, McKnight suggests that an enhanced reading of the Gospels should engender an appreciation for each of the models in the church today.

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Key Features

  • Examines the myriad of views on the experience of conversion
  • Explores socialization, liturgical acts, and personal decision as three elements of conversion
  • Calls for a greater appreciation of the variety of conversion experiences

Contents

  • Introduction: Conversion in the Church Today
  • Jesus and Conversion: A First Look
  • Conversion: From Context ro Quest
  • Conversion: From Encounter to Consequences
  • Jesus and Conversion: Context to Quest
  • Jesus and Conversion: Encounter to Consequences
  • Conclusion

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About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker, is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. His blog, Jesus Creed, is one of the most popular and influential evangelical blogs. McKnight is the author or editor of more than sixty books, including It Takes a Church to Baptize, Adam and the Genome, Kingdom Conspiracy, The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, and The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life. He is also a canon theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others.

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