I have so many possible things to post today my head is spinning. Here is a quick and dirty one, about all I can justify this morning:
Working through Green's 1 Peter commentary with a class. Here are five elements of conversion he mentions in his treatment of 1:22-2:3 (1 Peter [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007], 50-51):
1. In antiquity, it might refer both to event and to process and connote either transition from one religion to another or moving deeper into one's own religion.
2. Conversion entails autobiographical reconstruction--reformulation of who you think you are.
3. Conversion is a profoundly social act with immediate and far reaching social consequences.
4. Conversion involves incorporation into a new community with its distinguishing practices.
5. Conversion involves the adoption of a new symbolic universe, the valid one, a new way of looking at the world. Green elsewhere uses language of the conversion of the imagination (the title of a collection by Richard Hays, reminds us of Charles Taylor's social imaginary, taken over by James Smith in Desiring the Kingdom). Green defines the imagination in this context as, "a basic image-schematic capacity for ordering our experience" (26).