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Pastoral Gravity in a Metanarrative Vacuum. Australian Father's Attendance at the Birth of their Children Considered as a Spiritual Experience: A Critical Inquiry in Practical Theology

Apokis, Constantinos Fotios (2010) Pastoral Gravity in a Metanarrative Vacuum. Australian Father's Attendance at the Birth of their Children Considered as a Spiritual Experience: A Critical Inquiry in Practical Theology. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    The focus of this study is the experiences of fathers who have attended the birth of their children and how this is indicative of broader patterns of spirituality in Australia, providing understanding of how fathers in particular, and others in general, approach the role of spirituality in our society. This study presents four theoretical pivots (Self-Authenticating Rituals, Human-Interest Stories, Consumer Identity and Temporary Communal Allegiances). I argue these frame and inform the differing social processes which religious practitioners are required to take into account when they respond to people’s – those who are within the ecclesial community and those who are not – lived experience and deliver their distinctive contribution. The nature of our cultural milieu, insofar as it can be described as postmodern, indicates that pastoral encounters are conducted in what I describe as a metanarrative vacuum. Practical theologians who draw on reflective methods are able to correlate pastoral practice to lived experience in a metanarrative vacuum by utilising my four theoretical pivots as modes of engagement for pastoral encounters.

    Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Spirituality, Religion, Postmodernity, Metanarrative, Practical Theology, Secular Theory, Fathers, Birth, Autoethnography
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): A - Humanities, general
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 14:33
    Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 07:40
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/870

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