This title, first published in 1988, examines accounts of religious conversion contained in the personal narratives of nineteenth-century American coverts to Roman Catholicism. Given their newly acquired status as members of an unpopular religious minority, a number of converts recorded their conversion stories in an effort to justify becoming Catholic and to defend the teaching and practice of their Church. This title will be of interest to students of nineteenth-century religious and social history.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The Shape and Style of Nineteenth-Century American Protestantism: A Context for Conversion 2. Conversions to Nineteenth-Century American Catholicism 3. Personal Narratives of Conversion: A Distinctive Form of Spiritual Autobiography 4. Personal Narratives of Conversion: An Analysis of the Texts 5. Conversion to Roman Catholicism: A Matter of Mind and Heart; Bibliography