El semestre pasado enseñé una asignatura de sociología para el curso masters en la Facultad Protestante de Teología UEBE en Alcobendas. Quise compartir con todos la obra final que entregaron mis estudiantes, con permiso de los estudiantes.
En este proyecto se explora la pregunta: ¿Porqué los españoles se convierten al cristianismo evangélico?
Some time ago I wasn’t contacted by the leadership of Voice of the Martyrs based here in Seoul, Korea. This morning I presented the graduation address (or commencement speech, as they call it in the USA) to a group of North Korean Christians and guests. Three of them had completed the six-month discipleship program, two of them were being commissioned as missionaries, and two had completed the full three-year program called Underground University.
The bible text is Ephesians 3:1–6. It is presented in English with ongoing translation to Korean. The graphs I reference are found here.
Here is the audio, and as always your questions or comments are welcome.
Dense in theory and not an easy read. Even 30 years later it is still one of the foundational resources regarding religious conversion from Islam to Christianity. While the research is related to Pakistan, the findings are relevant to such research in other contexts as well, including the Arab world.
Key sections are the appendices with summaries of the various converts’ stories whom he interviewed, and the various places where he examines the difficulties related to identity-formation for converts. Of particular importance are the author’s observations regarding how much churches in Pakistan work against religious conversion in many cases. Also significant is the great diversity of reasons why Muslims in Pakistan became Christians–from reading Scripture to a dream to a healing to simply meeting ethical and kind Christians. The work shows how many paths there are to religious conversion, and also how complex and problematic religious conversion is in the Pakistani contexts.
Is it still the case that the churches in Pakistan are bound up in their ethnic-social identities and obstruct the socialization of new converts? This book begs for new research and an updated version.