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The History of Conversion and Contemporary Cults

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Natalie Isser and Lita Linzer Schwartz

History of Conversion and Contemporary Cults is a study of proselytization, conversion, and commitment through an examination of historical case studies and the contemporary religious cult movements. Archival research and present-day surveys reveal interesting similarities in both missionary techniques and motives for conversion. The broader effects of conversion and commitment are also discussed with respect to their impact on the convert's family and community.
Contents: Historical and psychological examination of the phenomena of conversion and commitment in the 19th and 20th centuries, with emphasis on contemporary cults - The book is unique in its interdisciplinary approach to the intra- and interpersonal dynamics of conversion, and the ripple effects of conversion on others.