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Transformative Impact: The Environmental Significance of Religious Conversions

Martin Nitsche
Published Online: 2019-07-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0020


This paper concentrates on the transformative impact of religious conversions. I understand religious conversions here as all individual spiritual transformations that either create an essentially new religious experience or substantially intensify an existing religiosity. The transformative impact of these transformations consists not only in modifying life perspectives or values, but also (and more substantially) in altering the very structure of personal experience. They can even bring significant changes in the phenomenal character of individual life-worlds, which are then experienced as perceived “differently”. This reflects on the possibilities the phenomenological method possesses to describe (and understand) these changes, and mainly discusses the applicability of Husserl’s analyses in Ideas 2 of the double constitution of body. On this basis, I suggest an explanatory model of transformative localizing/layering.

Keywords: Religious conversions; Spiritual transformations; Transformative impact; Phenomenology of religious experience; Localization of sensings; Phenomenological topology


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Received: 2019-05-19

Accepted: 2019-06-27

Published Online: 2019-07-23

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 241–248, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0020.

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© 2019 Martin Nitsche, published by De Gruyter. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License. BY 4.0

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