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  Theology Today - Vol 47, No.4 - January 1991 - CRITIC'S CORNER - Theology of Narrative or Narrative Theology?: A ...
One might have expected narrative to be an attractive category to those Protestant communities that traditionally understand themselves to be a "people of the book" or to those Christians who emphasize the importance of personal and communal experience as a source, if not the norm, for theological reflection.
George Stroup is professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, having previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Austin Theological Seminary, and the University of the South at Sewanee.
The interest in narrative across the spectrum of theological disciplines is not because theologians have run out of topics to debate and discuss; rather, the theme of narrative touches an exposed, raw nerve in the life of Christian communities and in the life of the larger culture.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /jan1991/v47-4-criticscorner.htm   (3699 words)

  
 TOWARD HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BIBLE INTERPRETATION
Biblical narrative is a theology that has audience in a concrete historical and cultural context, and that has missionary message to the audience, and that has message accessible even to the most unlearned in the audience.
When the meaning of the narrative is deconstructed too far, all that may be left is the reader's response, which ascribes meaning to the text on the basis of the reader's particular horizon and the reader's personal agendas.
Narrative at the heart is a contextualization of the significance of the life of Israel (Old Testament), and Jesus (the Gospels) or of the early church (Acts) for the community of God.
www.geocities.com /newjoy4us/biblestudy/holistic_interpretation.htm   (4195 words)

  
 Narrative theology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Narrative theology was a 20th-century theological development which supported the idea that the Church's use of the Bible should focus on a narrative presentation of the faith, rather than on the exclusive development of a systematic theology.
Also referred to as postliberal theology, narrative theology was inspired by a group of theologians at Yale Divinity School, many influenced theologically by Karl Barth, Thomas Aquinas and to some extent, the nouvelle theologie of French Catholics such as Henri de Lubac.
Thus, in addition to an emphasis upon the narratives of scripture, there is also an emphasis upon the lived performance of the scriptural narrtaive in the life of the church, which often orients postliberal theologies around liturgies and descriptions of Christian practice as resources for critical inquiry.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Narrative_theology   (588 words)

  
 Reading for Good   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Moreover, there is a current of narrative theology and ethics, which views human life and action as a form of narrative.
Ricoeur’s interest in the relation between narrative and ethics and his view of the tensions between text and reader are applied to an interpretation of the biblical Joseph narrative from Genesis.
It is argued that, in spite of the similarities between biblical narrative and the narrative of one’s life, a narrative does not answer all problems for its readers.
www.peeters-leuven.be /boekoverz_print.asp?nr=6594   (255 words)

  
 Questions and Answers - Chapter 6
In this instance, as the reader follows the 'narrative' of God in the bible and life-ministry and resurrection-ascension of Jesus (and preaching or sacrament), the reader is 'met', 'lifted' and 'participates' in that same story of redemption through God's miraculous freedom.
Theology, with rare exceptions, has never claimed to be an 'irrational' discipline although privileging revelation as a means to truth regarding ultimately realities such as God, human destiny and so forth.
Theology is a rational discipline (scientia in Latin and wissenschaft in German) wherein human reasoning serves in an ancillary manner in supporting and exploring revelation.
www.blackwellpublishing.com /mcgrath/textbook/chap1Q_A/chap006a.asp   (5250 words)

  
 Jesus, God and narrative theology | open source theology
Larger narrative structures are much more resistant to being bent to fit some reductive and rationalizing theological schema; narrative naturally allows for a diversity of perspectives without having to arbitrate between them.
A narrative theology is informed not by a post-biblical belief system but by a community, which has to act and interpret its actions in the light of its theological tradition and of immediate experience.
Within a narrative framework it should be easier to maintain a sense of how the relation between Jesus and God must be understood dynamically and functionally, not merely staticly and ontologically.
www.opensourcetheology.net /node/728   (3037 words)

  
 Narrative theology - Theopedia
Narrative theology was a late 20th century theological development which supported the idea that the Church's use of the Bible should focus on a narrative presentation of the faith, rather than on the development of a systematic theology.
Narrative theology is typically done by those known as post-liberals.
While the movement still exists in the 21st century, much of its thrust was absorbed by other movements, such as the so-called emerging church movement, and elements of traditional evangelicalism.
www.theopedia.com /Narrative_theology   (249 words)

  
 Recent Concepts of Narrative and the Narratives of Narrative Theory Style - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The study of narrative continues to grow more nuanced, capacious, and extensive as it is applied to an ever greater range of fields and disciplines, appearing more prominently in areas from philosophy and law to studies of performance art and hypertexts.
In literary, cultural, and performance studies, narrative theory continues to expand, whether in the burgeoning field of life writing or in the analysis of drama or film.
Narrative thus seems to be a kind of vortex around which other discourses orbit in ever closer proximity.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2342/is_2_34/ai_68279069   (673 words)

  
 rain falls on everyone » Blog Archive » Manipulating the “War Narrative” - Why it matters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Aside from blatent manipulations of the narrative, such as Hajj’s faked photos, or the staging of scenes at Qana, the media constructs the narrative (read: constructs reality) by their very acts of choosing which video/photo to show/print, which person to interview, AND which video/photo to supress, and which person to ignore.
And, like it or not, theology is a narrative in constant conversation and competition with the mediated reality of news media (as well as all of television, film, advertising, internet….).
However, when one sees evidence of deliberate and definite manipulation of that narrative, especially from those charged with bringing it to us “unbiased”, it is difficult to not become cynical and jaded about the veracity of their claims.
translucentbeauty.net /blog/2006/08/manipulating-the-war-narrative   (1315 words)

  
 Guidelines for Interpreting Biblical Narrative
This has led some to describe Scripture as "The Story of God." This dimension of story is evident even in the early creedal faith confessions of the Christian community such as the Apostles' Creed, which incorporates a concise summary of the story of the Incarnation.
The function of narrative is not to describe but to call forth a response from its hearers.
This suggests that Biblical narratives do not tell us everything about an event; they are selective and focused on those elements that contribute to the plot, and cannot be made to address every question we might want to ask of the story.
www.cresourcei.org /narrguide.html   (1147 words)

  
 Theology - Christianity Knowledge Base - A Wikia wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The history of Christian theology interwines with Church history and covers important developments in philosophy and in the history of ideas.
Biblical Theology - studying theology as it is presented and develops through the Bible by focusing on progressive revelation.
Narrative theology - studying a narrative presentation of the faith rather than dogmatic development.
christianity.wikia.com /wiki/Theology   (542 words)

  
 Narrative Psychology: Theology and Religious Studies; Moral Development
Narrative relates to religious studies and theology across an almost endless array of concerns and conditions, but the focus of the resources listed here generally avoid the role of narrative from an anthropological point of view.
Many contemporary forms of narrative research in social science was presaged by biblical scholars in the 19th and early 20th centuries seeking to understand the texts of the Jewish and Christian testaments with the newly-crafted tools of historical-critical analysis.
Narrative as method in theology follows upon the philosophical work of Paul Ricoeur, Jürgen Habermas, and others.
web.lemoyne.edu /~hevern/nr-theol.html   (1705 words)

  
 Narrative Preaching
Those who have come to embrace Narrative Theology must of necessity give away the traditional style of preaching (explaining and expounding a text with the authority of the-God-who-really-is), and replace their preaching style with narratives, ie, retelling the story received from the fathers in a way that passes on its punch to modern hearers.
Narrative preaching passes on theology through a story, and a well-told story is by definition visual.
So the temptation is there to borrow pages from the school of Narrative Theology, and use these techniques to pass on the truth of the gospel in our contemporary culture.
members.iinet.net.au /~jvd/articles/preach2.htm   (3726 words)

  
 From the Tower of Babel to the Peace of Jesus Christ:
Theology could be defined as an ongoing conversation between the past and the present, a never-ending series of questions coming from ever-new and different cultural and historical contexts set forth to the Christian tradition.
The salvation narrative originates as a response to a world that is not at peace, a world in which cultural, national, and linguistic barriers are a source of separation and "non-communication" between families, peoples and nations.
The narrative of the fall, which ends up with Babel, tells us that evil has its origin within history and is therefore not part of the original and good creation.
www.peacetheology.org /papers/blough.html   (9241 words)

  
 Mormon Philosophy & Theology
While I do think that narrative is an important aspect of what is taught in the scriptures as theology, I do think it somewhat dangerous to neglect the other aspects of theology which are also taught in the scriptures.
For instance as important as is the narrative of Christ's appearance to the Nephites, so too are his many commandments, prophecies and statements of doctrine.
I'm not sure, for instance, the Beatitudes ought be considered narrative, even if their important is found in us making them part of the process of our lives and therefore a part of our own personal narrative.
www.lextek.com /clark/10254.html   (351 words)

  
 Janus Head/1-2/Elizabeth A. Say: Many voices, many visions: toward a feminist methodology for narrative theology and ...
Narrative furnished a means through which women were able to claim their experience as valid, over and against the assumptions of a patriarchal society.
There are strong parallels between liberation theology and narrative theology insofar as both begin with the primacy of experience as the starting point for theological reflection.
The claim by liberationists that theology is not, must not, be neutral is related to the understanding that this new theological paradigm is grounded in the concrete experiences of actual existence.
www.janushead.org /JHFall98/elizsay.cfm   (5810 words)

  
 Beyond Rationalism and Romanticism: A Critique of Narrative Theology - Anthony M. Matteo
The anti-Jewish motif that is present in the Passion narratives helped shape their attitude toward Jews, as it did for countless other Christians in Western history.
A narrative that depicts a simple dramatic conflict between a hero, who indubitably embodies good, and his recalcitrant enemies, who virtually personify evil, is generally far more engaging than a complex and tentative tale, even if the latter more faithfully represents the ambiguity of the actual historical situation.
Although these narratives helped intensify anti-Semitism in the West, they also served (and continue to serve) other ends as well, not the least of which is to encourage a loving and grateful response to the God who first loved us.
www.worldandi.com /specialreport/1989/november/Sa16591.htm   (329 words)

  
 Sources & Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Narrative Psychology: Theology and Religious Studies- A third important contemporary Christian Theology is Story Theology, also known as Narrative Theology.
Storywise- This, the official homepage of the Center for Narrative Studies in Washington D.C., is a great practical resource for exploring the power and role of Story.
Christianity and Feminism- The fourth important current Christian Theology that is vital for the path of Christian Witchery is Feminist Theology.
members.aol.com /RawnaMoon/links.html   (1457 words)

  
 Dan Harper
While narrative theology is often dismissed by Unitarian Universalists as a "neo-conservative" theology, many Unitarian Universalists hold on to a liberal (i.e., not quite so based in the Bible) version of narrative theology.
Rather than emphasizing religious experience, narrative theology emphasizes knowing the culture and language of one's religious tradition; and narrative theology recognizes there is power in tradition that can be as strong as, or stronger than, religious experience -- e.g., some self-professed Christian Unitarian Universalists are probably better described as doing narrative theology.
An ecological theology says that humans are not the most important thing in the world, that we our relationship to the natural world is in some sense divine.
members.aol.com /danlharp/Worksheet2.html   (1053 words)

  
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By asking us to reject violence, not merely endure it, Weaver's narrative theology suggests one response to the problem of Mennonite social responsibility identified by J. Lawrence Burkholder in the 1950's, and it holds promise for feminists who find traditional peace theologies empty of adequate guidance to victims of sexual abuse.
The human person for Weaver is "oriented" by her community's narratives, can be "transformed" by these and other stories, and finds a "subjective certainty" in the "normative" story of Jesus.
This approach follows the critique of the enlightenment subject performed by postmodern critical theory in general and exemplified in the cultural-linguistic model of George Lindbeck in particular, but it can also be seen as a sophisticated description of the Anabaptist-Mennonite conception of mutual accountability, where the individual both shapes and is shaped by her community.
www.bluffton.edu /~mastg/weaver.htm   (1301 words)

  
 Narrative Philanthropy, Part I
Narrative theology seeks to recover the primacy of the story form in the Bible and to keep the Bible from being reduced to a series of abstract propositions (what has been called propositional theology).
The guru of narrative therapy, Australian Michael White (see his work at www.dulwichcentre.com), argues that traditional psychiatry actually makes people sicker by subtly encouraging them to identify with psychological labels.
According to Vern Rickert, adjunct clinical professor at the University of Louisville, the goal of narrative therapy is to help clients separate from, not identify with, their problems.
www.pgtoday.com /pgt/articles/narrative_philanthropy_part_1.htm   (1614 words)

  
 AKMA’s Random Thoughts
They pressed the case for “narrative theology,” which takes manifold forms depending on whose understanding of “narrative” and “theology” we’re adopting — but which typically focuses on the extent to which our knowledge of God involves extension in time, in a way that narrative captures more adequately than propositions.
E, parables figure very strongly in one aspect of narrative theology; another facet though, is the extent to which knowledge in general, and especially knowledge of persons, relies on timefulness in a way that propositions flatten (and to that extent, falsify).
Whoops, I should add that this approach to narrative theology reflects a strong conntribution from George Lindbeck’s The Nature of Doctrine.
akma.disseminary.org /archives/2005/05/power_and_power.html   (1867 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Why Narrative? Readings in Narrative Theology: Books: Stanley M. Hauerwas,L. Gregory Jones,Stanley Hauerwas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
`Why Narrative' is a solid introduction to narrative theology, and far more; I would highly recommend it for the reader who is interested in the importance of narrative and Christian theology.
The subject is really that of "narrative structure," and the reader is left with an expanded world in addition to a broadened understanding of contemporary theology.
Narrative structure can have important ramifications in ethics, epistemology, interpretation, consciousness, and revelation; the editor's careful selection allows the reader to take a peak into it all.
www.amazon.com /Why-Narrative-Readings-Theology/dp/1579100651   (1059 words)

  
 FIRST THINGS: A Journal of Religion, Culture, and Public Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
One of the chief themes of the narrative theology that came to prominence in the Anglo-American world in the late 1980s and early 1990s was the centrality of communal experience to the life of Christ’s Church.
This is somewhat surprising in light of the fact that one of the key texts prompting the renewal of narrative theology, the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue (1981), is seriously concerned with the narrative integrity of a given single life.
It is fair to say that recent narrative theology has taken its characteristic forms precisely in order to counter this sort of thing.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft0308/articles/jacobs.html   (3465 words)

  
 Narrative Theology in action - Donald Miller's "Searching For God Knows What" | TheGeoffRe(y)port   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
(For a little background - have a look at my previous post on narrative theology) Miller’s ideas aren’t conveyed through propositional truths, instead he expands on his thoughts through stories, both of his own and those of others, to communicate meaning.
The narrative structure of Miller’s theologising made it much easier to relate to what was being said, and there was definitely a feeling that this is how ideas like these should happen.
And maybe that’s the poit of doing your theology in a narrative model - that it forces you to push to the depths yourself, rather than having someone do all the work for you.
www.geoffreport.com /wp/2006/11/08/narrative-theology-in-action-donald-millers-searching-for-god-knows-what   (533 words)

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