Saturday, June 09, 2007

Rambo's Model of the Conversion Process

Here we have a very detailed schema of the conversion process. This is what I love about Western thorough! This model also applies to paradigm and worldview shifts that often happen in the course of a lifetime.

Stage 7


Personal bias in assessment

Nature of consequences

  • Affective
  • Intellectual
  • Ethical
  • Religious
  • Social/political

Sociocultural and historical consequences of conversion

Religious landscapes

Unintended sociocultural consequences

  • -Nationalism
  • Preservation of the vernacular
  • Secularization

Psychological consequences

  • -Progression
  • Regression
  • Stasis

Stories of conversion

Theological consequences

Stage 6


Decision making Rituals

  • Separation
  • Transition
  • Incorporation


  • Desire
  • Conflict
  • “Giving in”: relief and liberation
  • Sustaining surrender

Testimony: biographical reconstruction integrating personal and community story

Motivational reformulation

  • Multiple
  • Malleable
  • Interactive
  • Cumulative

Stage 5



  • Physical
  • Social
  • Ideological


  • Kinship
  • Friendship
  • Leadership
  • Discipleship/teacher

Rituals-choreography of the soul

  • Deconstruction
  • Reconstruction

Rhetoric-systems of interpretation

  • Attribution
  • Modes of understanding

Roles-reciprocal expectations and conduct

  • Self and God
  • Self and others

1 comment:

Edward T. Babinski said...

Conversion and deconversion are both interesting processes. I've read about each and experienced such processes myself.(See "The Uniqueness of the Christian Experience" by Edward T. Babinski online; and "If It Wasn't For Agnosticism I Wouldn't Know WHAT to Believe").

Also check out the following fascinating stories from women who were devout Christians, ministers, and/or theologians, but who later "debunked" various aspects of their Christian beliefs in print and/or in film. Click here and here.


By the way, the Anabaptists were WAY ahead of their time when it came to separation of church and freedom of individual conscience, while Luther and Calvin and the popes were still busy burning Anabaptists and attempting to make entier nations believe whatever the prince believed, and enforce their particular orthodoxies, Lutheranism, Calvinism, Catholicism, et. al. But I bet you already knew that part of the history of the Anabaptists.