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Making Theology Accessible: Empowering Christians to do their own Theology

Hunter, Nathan (2011) Making Theology Accessible: Empowering Christians to do their own Theology. Master of Theology (major thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Noting a gap between the understandings of the ecclesia and academia, this thesis explores how ‘good theological process’ can become widely accessible to the church community at large. It surveys some significant ways in which theology has been defined in the past to create a framework for evaluating helpful theological processes, defined in this thesis as ‘working theology’. Having drawn some conclusions regarding what such processes might look like, it explores why such processes are seemingly scarce in the everyday activity of the church community. It seeks opinions about theology from six members of an Australian evangelical church through semi-structured interviews, using a central allegory as a key discussion point. Interviewees offer perspectives on the challenges of theology from a non-academic viewpoint. The interviews identify that transparent leadership, humble teaching, companionship, accessible resources and theological translators all have vital roles to play in Making Theology Accessible.

Item Type: Theses (Master of Theology (major thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Practical theology, theological education, allegory, accessible theology, church, pastoral theology, everyday Christianity, lay theology, faith development
Fields of Research: 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
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
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2011 23:48
Last Modified: 27 May 2011 02:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/843

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