The psychodynamics of change in religious conversion and communist brainwashing: with particular reference to the 18th century Evangelical Revival and the Chinese thought control movement
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1. Statement of the Problem The problem of this dissertation is to compare the psychodynamics of two phenomena, Chinese Communist brainwashing and emotional upheaval type religious conversion (as it is observed in the 18th century Evangelical Revival). Because of certain similarities such questions as these arise: Have churchmen in the name of religion used methods and techniques which when turned to other ends, earn their own condemnation? Do the similarities exist only on the surface or do they indicate a deeper relationship? If the relationship is a basic one, will such information lead to a critical re-examination of the emotion upheaval type of religious conversion resulting from mass techniques? The clarification of these relationships and questions is the task to which the dissertation is dedicated. [truncated]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.