Transformative Religious Experience
A Phenomenological Understanding of Religious Conversion
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
278 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.56 in
- Published: April 2015
$37.00 / £33.00 / AU$49.00Buy
Joshua Iyadurai has a PhD in Christian Studies and is the Director of the Marina Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Religion. He teaches Christian Studies at the University of Madras, a state university in Chennai and other leading institutions in India. He has published articles in international journals and presented papers at international forums on religious conversion. Joshua is also working towards offering MOOC in theological education through his newly initiated endeavor, THEOn (Theology Online).
"Iyadurai allows us to hear the firsthand stories of Indian Christian converts, whose transformative religious experience has positively changed their lives and enlarged their world. These stories challenge popular assumptions of conversion, adaptation, witness, and service, and contribute to academic discourses on conversion."
--Daniel Jeyaraj, Liverpool Hope University
"Iyadurai has given us the gift of these conversion stories drawn from the religiously complex subcontinent of India with its plethora of religions and complexities of castes. In doing so, he helps us understand the complex nature of conversion in our own cultural setting. Iyadurai gives voice to the converts themselves, letting them tell their own stories in all their richness and messiness, and only then does he step in as a theologically trained social scientist to help us interpret the process of conversion. This is a fine book, rich in insight and based on research, which anyone engaged in the ministry of evangelism should read."
--Richard V Peace, Fuller Theological Seminary
"This beautifully written and compelling book is rooted within the matrix of the vast and complex world of contemporary India. Iyadurai joins the ranks of scholars like William James who remind us that conversion is first and foremost an experience of real people who are captivated by transcendent forces that both shatter and reshape lives."
--Lewis R. Rambo, San Francisco Theological Seminary
"A well-researched study on a crucially relevant theme. 'Amazing' was a reaction both Joshua and I had as he would narrate these moving experiences. Besides gathering over one hundred and thirty accounts of unexpected and deeply transforming conversion experiences, often in the most unlikely settings, the author has developed a convincing theoretical framework for a wider grasp of this phenomenon."
--Joe Mannath, University of Madras