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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: 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
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 03:33
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2011 20:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/870

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