Receiving and witnessing to the grace of conversion in the Old Testament...
The Example of David: Bathsheba
Sin Revealed, Conversion Called for: prophecy (Nathan)
Confession and Conversion: prayer, proclamation, pardon and peace
The Grace of Conversion: the gift of a new heart
The Old Covenant: from external observance to interior conviction
The New Covenant: freely, freely you have received
Acceptance of Grace: called and chosen
Urgency of Conversion: today if you hear his voice...
Prayer and Witness: turning heavenward and earthèd praxis
Suffering for Truth: abandoning yourself to the Holy Will
Conversion may be defined in the life of T. Merton as a processover time (p. 227).
Developmental Perspective: Transformations in Various Dimensions
Cognitive: not sophistication but liberation towards authenticity (p. 228)
Affective: preparing the ground for deeds in light of another's needs
Moral: from willfulness to community (to autonomy?)
Theological Interpretations: From Hermeneutics to Relationship
Conversion as Fundamental Option: positive alignment consistently instantiated
Jesus' Call to Conversion: change your hearts, the kingdom is at hand
Theological Interpretations and Merton: awakened to the light
Christian Conversion as Love of Neighbour: “forgiveness without limit” (p. 237)
Transformation of Social Structures: from revelation to revolution
Empirical Evaluation: Serve in obedience to Jesus' God.
Conclusion: From Encounter to Pursuit, from Seed to Ripened Fruit
Specificity entails responsibility.
Christian conversion is a decisive event: Awakening, awareness & reorientation
Accountability trumps autonomy: Conversion as vocation towards the light
Concrete Referents in the Call to Holiness: Ethical considerations
Community: Nurture not nature (p. 32)
Narrative: Jesus' and Christians' stories as models.
Rational: Putting your talents to work in a complex but intelligent universe.
Personal: “Accepting responsibility for one's own judgments of conscience.” (p.32)
Christian conversion carries moral responsibility: Charity as duty not supererogation