Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 225–236 | Cite as

Adult conversions

  • Walter E. Conn


Cross Cultural Psychology 
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    See Seward Hiltner, “Toward a Theology of Conversion in the Light of Psychology,”Pastoral Psychology 17 (September 1966): 35–42; C. G. Jung, “The Stages of Life,” and “Psychotherapists or the Clergy” in hisModern Man in Search of a Soul, trans. W. S. Dell and C. F. Baynes (New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1933); and William James,The Varieties of Religious Experience (New York: New American Library Mentor, 1958 [1902]), esp. chs. 8–10. Edited versions of the Hiltner and James material are found in Walter E. Conn, ed.,Conversion: Perspectives on Personal and Social Transformation (New York: Alba House, 1978).Google Scholar
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    For basic sources, see Erik H. Erikson,Childhood and Society (2nd ed.; New York: Norton, 1963 [1950]); Jean Piaget,Six Psychological Studies, trans. A. Tenzor and ed. D. Elkind (New York: Random House Vintage, 1968); Lawrence Kohlberg,The Psychology of Moral Development (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984); James Fowler,Stages of Faith (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981); Carol Gilligan,In a Different Voice (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982); and Robert Kegan,The Evolving Self (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982). For an integration of Erikson, Piaget, and Kohlberg in terms of self-transcendence, see Walter E. Conn,Conscience; Development and Self-Transcendence (Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press, 1981).Google Scholar
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    For the basic treatment of intellectual, moral, and religious conversion, see Bernard Lonergan,Method in Theology (New York: Herder and Herder, 1972), pp. 237–43; on affective conversion, see Bernard Lonergan, “Natural Right and Historical Mindedness,”Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America 51 (1977):132–43; and Walter E. Conn, “Bernard Lonergan's Analysis of Conversion,”Angelicum 53/3 (1976):362–404.Google Scholar
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    For Merton's early conversion, see his autobiographicalThe Seven Storey Mountain (Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1970 [1948]); for the monastic years, see his journals:Sign of Jonas (Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1956 [1953]),Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1966), andAsian Journal, ed. N. Burton, P. Hart, and J. Laughlin (New York: New Directions, 1973). For an excellent biography, see Michael Mott,The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984).Google Scholar
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    Gilligan, p. 98.Google Scholar
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    See Kohlberg, pp. 62–73, 170–72.Google Scholar
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    Lonergan,Method in Theology, p. 105.Google Scholar
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    Kegan, p. 77.Google Scholar
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    Merton,Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 157.Google Scholar
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    See Kohlberg, pp. 249–50, 496.Google Scholar
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    Merton,Asian Journal, p. 233.Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter E. Conn
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  1. 1.Villanova UniversityUSA

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