By David Nixon
Tales from the road is a theological exploration of interviews with women and men who had skilled homelessness during their lives. Framed inside of a theology of tale and a theology of liberation, Nixon means that tale isn't just a automobile for developing human transformation however it is one in all God's selected technique of effecting switch. brief biographies of twelve characters are tested below subject matters together with: crises in well-being and relationships, self-harm and suicide, anger and soreness, God and the Bible. increasing the present literature of contextual theology, this e-book offers another concentration to a church-shaped undertaking via advocating with, and for, a really marginal team; suggesting that their reviews have a lot to coach the church. church buildings are perceived as being lively by way of pastoral paintings, yet reluctant to invite extra profound questions on why homelessness exists in any respect. A theology of homelessness indicates not only a God of the homeless, yet a homeless God, who stocks tales and offers wish. enticing with modern political and cultural debates approximately poverty, housing and public spending, Nixon provides a distinct theological exploration of homeless humans, pain, desire and the human situation
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Here I draw on an American work of sociology from the 1980s, Habits of the Heart, as a reference point for qualitative study. These writers ‘dialogued’ with de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America as a quasi-normative text. In turn, scripture is the text with which Christian theology is always in dialogue. A critical-realist approach to reading the Bible is consistent with the way in which the main research data is analysed, but there are a number of implications. 2 Yet, staying within the discipline of literary criticism, Auerbach also points out by implication that scripture itself is the rebel within existing genres.
A more complex analysis of the encounter soon sees two other constituents, so that the process begins to look like this: a storyteller tells her story to a listener or a reader and at this point the story itself takes on some independent life. Some or all of these elements may be in conversation with the Bible, as the normative text of Christianity, and with Christian theology. Some parts of the story are communicated by words, others by body language, silence and so on. There are a variety of roles or agents here.
Also suggests that it is story which gives form to life, but stresses the presence of emotion – what Cupitt calls ‘the production of desire’. 9 More bleakly, Cupitt describes storytelling as equivalent to Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights: simply ‘putting off death by telling tales through the night’. In How Our Lives Become Stories Paul John Eakin writes that the autobiographical self is not a single, static entity, but plural, embodied and relational. 10 Anything which affects our ability to tell the story will touch our identity too.