HDS 2357

Evangelical Conversion and Disenchantment Narratives

David N. Hempton


This seminar will concentrate on processes and discourses of religious conversion and disenchantment within the Evangelical tradition from the early eighteenth to the later twentieth centuries. Questions addressed will include what was the appeal of Evangelical religion and spirituality to different social groups, how were religious conversions understood and expressed, and what factors promoted subsequent disenchantment? We will examine conversion narratives, various expressions of disenchantment (in art and literature), and some examples of reconversion. By exploring these categories, the course hopes to shed light on wider themes such as the emergence of a concept of self in the early modern period, and possible causes of secularization in later periods.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1463


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2015
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religions of the Americas
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None