138 Book Reviews / Pneuma 34 ( 2012 ) 95-159 Henri Gooren, Religious Conversion and Disafffĳiliation: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). xiv + 181pp., $80.00 hardback. As a topic of academic study, conversion occupies a rather strange position. It is fair to say that it never really falls completely from scholarly favor — at any given time there are always at least some people in the humanities and the social sciences who are dedicated to study- ing it. Yet major theoretical statements or considerations of the state of the art are few and far between. The last widely influential one, Lewis Rambo’s Understanding Religious Conver- sion (Yale University Press) was published as long ago as 1993. Gooren’s ambitious book is thus a welcome and necessary efffort to take stock of the fĳield after a lengthy stretch in which synthetic work has been noticeably absent. It also offfers a subtle but important reconsidera- tion of how questions of conversion can best be posed. Given its comprehensive coverage and original theoretical contributions, it is poised to become for the rising generation what Rambo’s book was for those that came immediately before it —
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