Loftland/Stark Seven Stage Conversion Model Of Willow's Conversion Experience

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As mentioned in the early of this paper, this study will be using Loftland/Stark seven stages conversion model to understand and to test whether this model applicable to Willow’s religious conversion experience. In order to get a comprehensive and clearer view on Willow’s experience, some of the stages were integrated, 1) Tension, 2) Religious Problem-Solving Perspective and Seekership, 3) Turning point, 4) Affective Bond, 5) Weakening of extra group affective bond and Intensive Interaction bond.
The tension before conversion was experienced by Willow for she was not satisfied with her previous religion which was Buddhism. Zinnbauer and Pargament (1998) mentioned one of the main factor causes religious conversion is one experiences some sort of tension prior the conversion. For she complained on how Buddhist members were lacked on emotional affection compared to Christianity. This stage also may also not just mark the beginning of Willow’s conversion but may be as well the factor of her religious conversion where Harun, Avicenna and Atqa (2012) claimed that one of the prominent factor of religious conversion is one is unhappy with previous religion and has emotional or intellectual conflict regarding former religion or past lifestyle. This supported by a Willow’s complain,
Chinese (Buddhist) they don’t have the prayers part, they only burn things, no praying whatsoever like Christianity, Chinese way only burning staff, those are the customs…you see or not that is

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