The spiritual narratives of adoptive parents [electronic resource] : constructions of Christian faith stories and pastoral theological implications /Show full item record
|Title||The spiritual narratives of adoptive parents [electronic resource] : constructions of Christian faith stories and pastoral theological implications /|
|Author||Fraser, Ryan Noel|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed Mar. 28, 2011).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 2010.
"Dissertation presented to the Faculty of Brite Divinity School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling."
Dissertation advisor: Nancy J. Gorsuch.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
"In this dissertation, I present the research findings of my interviews conducted with twenty Christian adoptive couples. I explore the narratives of their adoptive parenting experiences, primarily focusing on the ways that adopting children affects the parents' spirituality and theological understandings. Furthermore, I investigate adoptive parenthood as a spiritually challenging and formative experience. In this study, the broader descriptive notion of "narrative" is utilized as a hermeneutical approach that crosses disciplines. The primary lenses through which I view the adoption stories include canonical narrative theology and adoption literature from the social sciences in addition to narrative psychology. I delineate and discuss four central categories that emerge from the raw narrative data by means of grounded theory, including the following: (1) systemic evil that militates against adoption, (2) divine initiative and love, (3) spiritual struggles, and (4) faithful human response. Finally, I suggest pastoral theological reconstructions of adoptive parenthood as well as implications for pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling, and the practice of ministry"--Abstract.
Adoption Religious aspects Christianity.
Church work with adoptive parents.
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