Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 67, Issue 4, pp 453–460 | Cite as

The Lazarus Project: A Response to Jindra

  • W. Paul WilliamsonEmail author
  • Ralph W. HoodJr


This essay is a response to Jindra’s review (2017) of Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program: The Lazarus Project (Williamson and Hood 2016). The book itself is based on the 5-year longitudinal investigation of a Pentecostal-based substance abuse program called the Lazarus Project. After a brief description of the study, the authors of this response address three issues raised by Jindra: (1) the study’s relation to the debate concerning the personal versus social dimensions of spiritual transformation/conversion; (2) the use and purpose of social control in faith-based programs such as the Lazarus Project; and (3) useful methodologies in conversion research. The authors conclude with remarks on the appropriateness of faith-based programs for those seeking help with substance addiction and on the importance of Spirit baptism as a Pentecostal experience that contributes to addiction recovery at the Lazarus Project.


Spiritual transformation Religious conversion Drug treatment programs Pentecostal spirituality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Henderson State UniversityArkadelphiaUSA
  2. 2.University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaUSA

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