Narrative Structure in Religious Conversion: The Case of Converts to the Pentecostal Methodist Church of Chile

Víctor Hugo Masías

Abstract


In this article I analyze the narrative structure of the discourse of individuals who have converted to the Pentecostal Methodist Church of Chile. I use Grounded Theory to analyze 11 conversion narratives, which were collected through a narrative-biographical interview, and with support from the graphical tool called Story-Line. The results identify two types of conversion narrative structure. The first one is understood as a personal salvation narrative, the second one is described as a spiritual renewal narrative. This allowed the construction of a conceptual model illustrating the way in which the conversion narrative of the convert is structured. The discussion is centered on comparing the findings of this study with other similar investigations; debating the similarities and differences found in conversion narratives and their differing philosophies.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1001210

Keywords


narration; religious conversion; identity; philosophies of life; pentecostalism



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-11.1.1327

Copyright (c) 2010 Víctor Hugo Masías

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