Religious Conversion, a Bio-Psychological Study

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CHAPTER IV
THE PROCESS OF CONVERSION

CONVERSION, therefore, as we conceive of it, whether fulminant or progressive, is invariably a mental Process. And this is in no way surprising. All mental phenomena are processes; in each there is the process of perception, and, particularly, the mnesic process, which proceeds from the ' perseveration of the stimulus ' to the modified 'reproduction' of the engram.

So, too, religious phenomena are only processes. We find the mystics themselves -- for example, St. Theresa and St. John of the Cross -- describing what they term the mystic process, and, notwithstanding the phases which cannot be expressed in words, dividing it into the four famous stages of: quiet, union, ecstasy, and spiritual espousal, with intermediate phases besides. What may, however, astonish us is that it is the mystics themselves who have given prominence to the physiological stages ' corresponding ' to the phases of the mystic process. It is they, in fact, who have opened to the biologist the way of psycho-physiological observation in the field of religious psychology.

A psychic or a mental process, whether it be cognitive, affective, or a mixture of both, is very familiar in psychology. 1 The word 'process ' implies a continuous alteration in consciousness, or in the mental situation, or in both simultaneously. This continuity can be either in respect of time (temporal continuity, devoid of interval)

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