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Conversions

Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America

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Description

This powerful and innovative work by a gifted cultural historian explores the effects of religious conversion on family relationships, showing how the challenges of the Reformation can offer insight to families facing similarly divisive situations today.

Craig Harline begins with the story of young Jacob Rolandus, the son of a Dutch Reformed preacher, who converted to Catholicism in 1654 and ran away from home, causing his family to disown him. In the companion story, Michael Sunbloom, a young American, leaves his family's religion in 1973 to convert to Mormonism, similarly upsetting his distraught parents. The modern twist to Michael's story is his realization that he is gay, causing him to leave his new church, and upsetting his parents again—but this time the family reconciles.

Recounting these stories in short, alternating chapters, Harline underscores the parallel aspects of the two far-flung families. Despite different outcomes and forms, their situations involve nearly identical dynamics and heart-wrenching choices. Through the author's deeply informed imagination, the experiences of a seventeenth-century European family are transformed into immediately recognizable terms.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 10, 2011 – A cultural historian at Brigham Young University, Harline (Miracles at the Jesus Oak) narrates the histories of two individuals who changed faiths at personal cost to them. Jacob Rolandus, son of a Dutch reformed preacher, became a Catholic in 1654, when religious enmity was part of the social order. In 1973, Michael Sunbloom converted to Mormonism. Both young men caused turmoil in their families. Sunbloom's story adds a modern twist; his realization that he is gay eventually prompts him to leave the Mormon church. Harline has done deep research, but the story wears it lightly, as both compelling narratives roll down parallel tracks. A beautiful book, illuminating in a time when almost half of Americans report switching religions.
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religion & Spirituality
  • Published: Sep 15, 2011
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Seller: Yale University
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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