Narrative moral formation for the church : the use of stories of living Christians to enhance moral formation.

dc.contributor.advisorStroope, Michael W.
dc.contributor.authorAdu-Gyamfi, Ebenezer.
dc.contributor.departmentTruett Seminaryen
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University. George W. Truett Seminaryen
dc.date.accessioned2024-05-28T20:49:02Z
dc.date.available2024-05-28T20:49:02Z
dc.date.copyright2024-05
dc.date.issued2024-05
dc.description.abstractThe church needs to integrate stories of living Christians into its moral formation to help Christians grasp the foundations of biblical morality and respond faithfully to moral challenges. A theological study of Scripture shows that authors and faith leaders in biblical times used relatable stories to communicate these foundations of morality to their audience: narrativity, redemption, responsivity, and relationality. An examination of theological ethics also demonstrates that knowledge of ‘practical reason’ can enhance the church’s moral formation. This project sought to draw on stories of living Christians to develop an inductive study that will enable eight Christians at Highland Baptist Church (Waco, Texas) to grasp the foundations of biblical morality and practical reason. The six-week intervention included an inductive study of the stories of four living Christians. Participants analyzed the ethical dimensions of these stories and placed them in conversation with biblical stories and passages. The pretest and posttest survey responses were compared to a control group of eight members of Highland Baptist Church. The results showed that the inductive study enhanced participants’ understanding of the four moral foundations and ‘practical reason.’ The study thus equipped participants with hermeneutical tools to offer a faithful response to moral issues in the church and society. Such a response is marked by conviction, creativity, and grace. Hopefully, this project will serve as a creative paradigm for the church’s moral formation and enhance the church’s capacity to articulate and embody biblical ethics.
dc.description.degreeD.Min.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/12755
dc.language.isoEnglishen
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dc.subjectMoral formation in the church.
dc.subjectBiblical morality.
dc.subjectNarrative ethics.
dc.subjectBiographical theology.
dc.subjectFoundations of biblical morality.
dc.subjectMoral philosophy.
dc.subjectJudeo-Christian ethics.
dc.subjectStrories of living Christians.
dc.subjectThe power of stories.
dc.subjectDeontological ethics.
dc.subjectNarrativity.
dc.subjectRedemption.
dc.subjectRelationality.
dc.subjectResponsivity.
dc.subjectGraced transformation.
dc.subjectMorality.
dc.subjectPractical reason.
dc.subjectPracticality.
dc.subjectSituation ethics.
dc.subjectSelf-agency.
dc.subjectSelf-determination.
dc.subjectTeleological ethics.
dc.subjectVirtue ethics.
dc.subjectEthics of character.
dc.subjectGenesis 1.
dc.subjectLuke 10:25-37.
dc.subjectJesus' use of stories.
dc.subject2 Samuel 11-12.
dc.subjectConviction.
dc.subjectCreativity.
dc.subjectGrace.
dc.subjectSalvation history.
dc.subjectBiblical metanarrative.
dc.subjectObjective approach to morality.
dc.subjectEngaging contextual stories.
dc.subjectAntinomianism.
dc.subjectLegalism.
dc.subjectMoral relativism.
dc.subjectIdealism.
dc.subjectPropositionalism.
dc.subjectInductive study of stories.
dc.subjectFaithful response to moral challenges in society.
dc.subjectEthics.
dc.subjectConsequentialism.
dc.subjectSanctification.
dc.subjectRelatable narratives.
dc.subjectStoried culture.
dc.subjectNarrative moral formation in the Bible.
dc.titleNarrative moral formation for the church : the use of stories of living Christians to enhance moral formation.
dc.typeDissertationen

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