Born again Christians are a significant religious population in the United States, and throughout the world. The process by which a born again identity is assumed is not clearly described in the research literature. Therefore, we asked 18 born again Christian college students a series of questions designed to uncover what led to their identity of being born again. Responses fell into three overarching themes. First, participants described exposure within relationships to God’s principles. Second, participants noted the influence of introspection and reflection on their lives apart from the influence of God. Third, participants had an active response in which they reported such things as recognizing conviction by the Holy Spirit, that they decided to act on that conviction, and that they took action to follow Jesus. Findings are discussed with within the framework of Cohen and Hill’s (2007) theory of religion as culture.
Foubert, J. D., Brosi, M. W., Watson, A., & Fuqua, D. R. (2015). Precursors to and pathways through conversion: Catalytic experiences of born again Christian college students. Growth, 2-15.