Skip to main content
Article
Precursors to and Pathways Through Conversion: Catalytic Experiences of Born Again Christian College Students
Growth (2015)
  • John D. Foubert, Oklahoma State University
  • Matthew W Brosi, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
  • Angela Watson, Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Dale R Fuqua, Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
Abstract
Born again Christians are a significant religious population in the United States, and throughout the world. The process by in which a born again identity is assumed is not clearly described in the research literature. Therefore, we asked 18 born again Christian college students a series of questions designed to uncover what led to their identity of being born again. Responses fell into three overarching themes. First, participants described exposure within relationships to God’s principles. Second, participants noted the influence of introspection and reflection on their lives apart from the influence of God. Third, participants had an active response in which they reported such things as recognizing conviction by the Holy Spirit, that they decided to act on that conviction, and that they took action to follow Jesus. Findings are discussed with within the framework of Cohen & Hill’s (2007) theory of religion as culture.
Keywords
  • Religion,
  • Christianity,
  • Conversion,
  • Born Again,
  • Spirituality,
  • Jesus
Publication Date
Spring 2015
Citation Information
John D. Foubert, Matthew W Brosi, Angela Watson and Dale R Fuqua. "Precursors to and Pathways Through Conversion: Catalytic Experiences of Born Again Christian College Students" Growth Vol. 14 Iss. 1 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_foubert/57/