Conversion and the Quest for Meaning
The focus of previous chapters on the search for psychological salvation, for relief and approval, raises a difficult but inevitable question: Are there motives that precipitate the religious turnabout other than the avoidance of mental anguish? Describing conversion as an infatuation geared to provide psychological relief, are we excluding the possibility of a spiritual quest? Can one, in fact, differentiate a spiritual quest from a psychological one, a search for truth from a search for relief?
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