Book: The Complexity of Conversion
Chapter: "Leap, Ye, Lame for Joy": The Dynamics of Disability in Conversion
The article shows how miraculous stories of healing have been used to encourage conversion and that healing has functioned as a metaphor for conversion in the history of Christianity. It analyzes two cases: the early Methodist movement and the Gospel of Mark. These two examples complicate the term “conversion” as a category for religious change. They also question for whom such narratives functioned as an impulse towards religious change: people with disabilities or the able-bodied?