Born Again, Again: Conversion in Christian Families as a Process Punctuated by Grace

From: Volume 12, Issue 1: Spring 2015, Research on Effective Pedagogy Pages 58-80


This is an examination of the experience of adolescent conversion, with particular attention to teenagers who report having made multiple commitments to Christ. Conversion of these teenagers is seen as a long process containing multiple spiritually significant commitment events. The aspects of faith that James Fowler measures to mark the transition from his mythic/literal stage to the synthetic/conventional stage are used as a framework to understand the perceived need of these teenagers to make what appear to be multiple commitments to Christ.

Key Words: conversion, adolescent conversion, child evangelism, James W. Fowler, faith development, adolescence, identity development



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