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ERIC Number: EJ853717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Confronting Ghosts of the Christ-Haunted South: Teaching Theology through Teaching Story
Smith, Lawanda
Teaching Theology & Religion, v7 n2 p95-100 Apr 2004
Southern fiction writer Flannery O'Connor once characterized the South as Christ-haunted, and having taught in the South for eight years now, I have come to appreciate O'Connor's evaluation. Most of the students I encounter understand one predominant way to practice Christian faith: assent to propositional theology. Most of them either accept this view uncritically or reject Christian thought completely, seeing it as stifling. My goal is to introduce the diversity of Christian thought in a non-threatening way. Knowing story's potential to draw people into community as well as to transform consciousness, I believe story offers a less threatening way to invite students to explore diversity. This paper describes a course titled "Christian Thought and Contemporary Short Fiction," a course I developed to try to introduce students to a variety of ways to understand Christian thought and practice Christian faith. The paper describes development and facilitation of the course, including student responses to the course content and evaluation of the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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