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Finding Meanings for ‘Faith in Development’: An Examination of the Applied Theology of World Vision and Its Broader Implications for the Development Sector and Practice

Mitchell, Robert (2015) Finding Meanings for ‘Faith in Development’: An Examination of the Applied Theology of World Vision and Its Broader Implications for the Development Sector and Practice. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This research in applied theology articulates the key theological motifs of a leading international development organisation, World Vision. A revelatory case study uses qualitative research techniques to assess how these theological motifs affect the organisation’s development work and practice. 37 different linkages are identified. A high-level quantitative analysis maps the prevalence and distribution of these links. The dataset covers eight country contexts from Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Eurasia.

Grounded theory was applied to explore the dataset. The research moves beyond a higher-level consideration of the theological motivations for undertaking development work. It seeks to map an organisation’s theology and to assess its concrete impacts – positive contributions and areas of comparative advantage, but also the risks posed in terms of development practice. In this way, the study has responded to calls in the literature for greater knowledge and transparency when it comes to faith-based approaches to development.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Applied theology, international development, organisational theology, World Vision, revelatory case-study, grounded theory, development practice, church partners
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2015 06:37
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2015 06:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1767

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