Guest post: Wolf-Andreas Liebert,
Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz
Conversion or awakening?
Studies seem to show that conversion
narratives always follow the same pattern of crisis, extraordinary experience,
and a revision of life concepts. We already find that in William James (1917).
But what religion means today has radically changed: many people get involved
in loose networks via social media, attach importance to individualisation and
are sceptical or even hostile towards traditional religions. Thus a religiosity
and spirituality have developed that is globally networked but very heterogeneous
and informal (cf. Hanegraaff 2015).
narratives here still the same as we know them from traditional religious