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Conversion to Protestantism Among Urban Immigrants in Taiwan

Hsing-Kuang Chao

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 67, issue 2, pages 193-204
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Conversion to Protestantism Among Urban Immigrants in Taiwan

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This article analyzes the religious conversion process from conventional religions to conservative Protestantism among urban immigrants in Taiwan. The findings show that converts were attracted not by Christian dogmas but by the social support and practical blessings provided by the churches. Many prospects from conventional religious backgrounds come to the Christian church seeking miracles or charismatic experiences that provide continuity with their conventional religious heritage. Our study reveals that if Christian churches adapt their religious culture to meet the needs of urban immigrants from conventional religions, Christian churches can recruit these people. At the same time, while providing some cultural continuity, these churches can still retain a strong self-identity distinguishable from the conventional religions of the Taiwanese

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