W10 Discussion - SOCIOLOGY 322 WEEK 10 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS...

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S OCIOLOGY 322 – W EEK 10 D ISCUSSION Q UESTIONS RELIGION AND SOCIAL CHANGE, PART II – Conversion and Commitment 1. How does MacGuire define conversion? How is this different from somebody simply changing their religious affiliation? Is this similar or different from how you would have defined conversion? 2. What does MacGuire say is the main difficulty in distinguishing the degree of change that occurs in any given conversion? Can you think of any way around this problem? 3. What are the three processes of conversion that MacGuire outlines? Are these similar to the stages in Lofland and Stark’s process model? (from lecture notes) 4. How does sacrifice enhance a person’s level of commitment to a group? Can you think of examples from your experiences of this phenomenon? 5. What does it mean to be a religious “seeker”? (from Lofland and Stark) How would this impact the likelihood of a conversion occurring?
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