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Book: The Complexity of Conversion

Chapter: "Leap, Ye, Lame for Joy": The Dynamics of Disability in Conversion

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.32026


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?

Chapter Contributors

  • Anna Solevag ( - arsolevag) 'School of Mission and Theology, VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway'