road to Damascus

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From the Bible New Testament book Acts of the Apostles.[1] Referring to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, later known as the Apostle Paul, to Christianity while travelling to Damascus to persecute Christians.[2]


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road to Damascus (plural roads to Damascus)

  1. (idiomatic, often attributive) An important point in someone's life where a great change, or reversal, of ideas or beliefs occurs.
    • 2007, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, addressing the CPAC in March. onenewsnow
      Today we hear a lot about those who have had what's often called Road to Damascus experiences on every issue from guns and same-sex marriage to the sanctity-of-life and taxes.
    • 2007, Bryan Ferry, The Observer, Sunday March 18, 2007
      That was my Road to Damascus moment. They played one hit after another and this is the song I remember most clearly.
    • 2010, Vernon Jones, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Sunday February 14, 2010
      The candidate is aggressively branding himself as Vernon 2.0, a kinder, gentler Vernon Jones, a bridge builder, a fence mender. Asked by a Rockdale editor about his “road to Damascus moment,” Jones laughs. “I got knocked off my donkey,” he says.


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  1. ^ Acts, chapter 9”, in World English Bible, 2000
  2. ^ The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], 1611, OCLC 964384981, Acts 9:: “And as he iourneyed he came neere Damascus, and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heauen.”.